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A  Genealogical  Record  to  1900  of  the 
Descendants  of  Edmund  Fanning,      . 

The  Emigrant  Ancestor  in  America,  who  settled  in  Con- 1 
necticut  in  1653  | 

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A  General  Account  of  the  Fanning  Family  in  Europe ! 
From  Norman  times,  1197,  to  the  Cromwellian 
Confiscations,  1652-3 


Illustrated  with  Plates  and  Maps 

In  Two  Volumes 
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"  Is  it  not  strange  how  stealthily  To-day 
Slips  into  Yesterday  and  glides  away? 
£*cn  while  you  sleep  he  steals  adown  the     I 

stair,  { 

Unbolts  the  ponderous  door,  and  goes— you 

know  not  where. 

No  rumbling  of  great  iron  wheels  is  heard, 
The  pulses  of  the  dreamer  are  not  stirred. 
When  the  long  train  of  flying  Yesterdays 
Halts  at  your  midnight  door— then  speeds 
its  wonted  ways. 

It  leaves  a  youthful  traveller  at  your  gate 
To  take  the  place  of  him  who  could  not  wait; 
The  young  To-day  walks  in  and  climbs  the  • 

While  yet  the  brazen  hammers  forge  the 

spectral  hour." 

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These  Volumes  ! 

Are  Dedicated  by  the  Author 
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The  Normans 

The  Fannings  and  their  origin:  derivation  of  the  name 

The  Fannings  of  Limerick  and  Clare 

Dominick  Fanning 

Fanning  lands  confiscated  in  the  County  of  Clare  .   . 

Promment  Fannings  of  Limerick 

The  Fannings  of  Kilkenny  and  Tipperary    ..... 

After  the  confiscations  of  1653 

The  American  branch  —  Edmund  Fanning  and  his  de- 


First  Generation  

Second  Generatioir 

Third  Generation 

Fourth  Generation     

Fifth  Generation 

Sixth  Generation 

Seventh  Generation 

Eighth  Generation 

Ninth  Generation 

Tenth  Generation 


Edmund*  Fanning,  Junior,  No.  2 

Thomas*  Fanning,  No.  4 









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Lieut.  John*  Fanning,  No.  5  and  his  Fort  Hill  Farm  610 

Edmund'  Fanning,  No.  10 639 

Jonathan'  Fanning,  No.  11 646 

Capt.  James*  Fanning,  No.  15 651 

The  Wickham  Family 656 

John*  Fanning,  No.  18 668 

Gen.  Edmund*  Fanning,  LL.D.,  No.  46 672 

John*  Fanning,  No.  59 700 

Capt  Thomas*  Fanning,  No.  60 705 

Dr.  James  Gx)k  Aycr 712 

Lieut.  Natlianiel'  Fanning,  No.  no 715 

Capt.  Edmund'  Fanning,  No.  117 739 

Capt.  Charles'  Fanning,  No.  158 758 

Thomas'  Fanning,  No.  160 763 

Capt.  Rufus'  Fanning,  No.  171 770 

Henry  Willson' Fanning, -No.  350 771 

David  Hale^  Fanning,  No.  697 773 

Judge  Adclbert  Canedy'  Fanning,  No.  735  ....  776 

Walter  Frederic  Brooks,  son  of  No.  694 778 

The  Riverhcad  tombstone *.   .  780 

The  old  Fanning  burying-ground        783 

Unidentified  Fannings  at  Groton,  Stonington,  and  Nor- 
wich, Conn 785 

Lists  of  soldiers 786 


(A.)  Will  of  Symon  Fanning  of  Limerick  ....  790 

(B.)  Abstract  of  will  of  David  Comyn 797 

(C.)   Deed  of  James'  Fanning  No.  7    .....   .  798 

(D.)  Relative  to  James'  Fanning,  No.  64  ...   .  799 

(E.)  Relative  to  will  of  Rev,  William*  Fanning, 

No.  40 799 

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(F.)  Letter  of  Gen.  Edmund^  Fanning  No.  46  to 

Hannah  Wickham 

(G.)  Autobiograpliical  statement  of  Gen.  Fanning 
(H.)  Letter  of  Mrs.  Cumberland  to  William  Fan- 
ning Wickham . 

(I.)  Col.  David  Fanning,  tory  and  notorious  out- 

(J.)  The  Fannin  family  of  the  South,  and  CoL 

James  W.  Fannin  of  Goliad  fame    .... 

(K.)  Fanning  Institution  of  Watcrford,  Ireland  .   . 

(L.)  Letter  from  Arthur  Vicars,  Ulster  King  of 

Arms,  Dublin,  Ireland 

Letters  from  John  O'Hart,  Clontarf,  Ireland  . 

(M.)  Fishers  Island      




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Fanning  Arms,  in  color FrorUispiece 

Plan  of  Limerick,  Ireland,  in  17 14    ....    opp.  page   32 
Registered  pedigree  of  James  Fanning  ...        do.    . 
Map  of    the   Colonies    of   Connecticut   and   Rhode 

Island,  showing  habitat  of  Fannings     .    opp.  page 
Original  grant  to  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  in  1664 

opp.  page 
Plan  of  the  Edmund  Fanning  house,  Stonington,  Conn. 

on  page 
View  of  New  London,  Conn.,  in  1902  .   .   . 
Commission  of  Captain  Josiah  Lupton,  1773 
Autograph  of  James  Fanning, 'No.  37   .    .    . 
Portrait  of  William  Fanning  Wickham     .    . 
The  Gilbert  Fanning  house,  Stonington,  Conn., 




opp.  page 



on  page     137 

opp.  page  132 

do.   .     154 

Autograph  of  Gilbert  Fanning,  No.  44  .  .  on  page  156 
The  Jersey  Prison  Ship  (from  "Capt.  Dring's  Recollec- 
tions of  the  Jersey  Prison  Ship")  .  .  .  opp.  page  158 
Autograph  of  Gen.  Edmund  Fanning,  No.  46  on  page  166 
Autograph  of  Jolin  Fanning,  No.  59  ...  do.  .  176 
Deed  of  John  and  Thomas  Fanning     .   .   .  opp.  page  176 

Portrait  of  John  Fanning  Watson do.    .     180 

Autograph  of  Capt.  Thomas  Fanning,  No.  60  on  page     183 

Autograph  of  Elisha  Ayer,  No.  161    ...   .  do.   .     186 

Autograph  of  Hope  (Fanning)  Ayer,  No.  161  do.   .     186 

Autograph  of  Joseph  Ayer do.   .     187 

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Autograph  of  William  Fanning,  No.  65  .  .  do.  . 
Autograph  of  George  Fanning,  No.  66  .  •  do.  . 
Autograph  of  Roger  Fanning,  No.  68  ...  do.  . 
Autograph  of  James  Fanning,  Jimior,  No.  93  do,  . 
Portrait  of  Captain  Richard  Fanning,  No.  219,  from  a 

painting  by  Copley opp.  page  238 

The  Captain  Edmund  Fanning  house,  Stonington, 

Conn.,  1902 opp.  page  256 

Autograph  of  Margaret  (Fanning)  Mooers,  No.  337 

on  page    289 
Autograph  of  Captain  Charles  Fanning,.  No.  158 

on  page  291 
Certificate  of  Society  of  the  Cincinnati .  .  . 
Autograph  of  Thomas  Fanning,  Jr.,  No.  160 
Autograph  of  Susannah  Fanning,  No.  160  . 
Autograph  of  Sidney  Gardner,  No.  352  .  . 
Muster  roll  of  Capt.  Amos  Stanton's  Company  opp.  page  298 
Portrait  of  Capt.  Frederick  Fanning,  No.  162  do.  .  302 
Autograph  of  Capt.  Rufus  Fanning,  No.  171 
Portrait  of  Elisha  Fanning,  Junior,  No.  186 
Autograph  of  John  Fanning,  Junior,  No.  209 
View  of  Noank,  Conn.,  and  Fishers  Island  . 

The  old  Barnes  house 

Engraved  portrait  of  Walter  Frederic  Brooks 

Vol.  II. 

Portrait  in  color  of  Gen.  Edmund  Fanning,  No.  46 

Certificate  of  arms  registered  for  James  Fanning 

opp.  page  444 

opp.  page  292 

on  page     297 

do.   .     298 

do.   .     298 

on  page  306 
opp.  page  310 
on  page  327 
opp.  page  340 
do.  .  372 
do.   . .  410 

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Portrait  of  Cornelia  Fanning  Gay,  No.  1026,  from  a 

bust  by  French opp.  page  504 

Portrait  of  Nelson  Fanning,  M.D.,  No.  644.  do.  .  506 
Old  Winthrop  housey  Fishers  Island  ....  do.  .  540 
Muster  roll  of  Capt.  James  Fanning's  Co.  .  opp.  page  580 
Lieut.  John  Fanning  house,  Fort  Hill  .  .  do.  .  618 
Plan  of  the  Lieut.  John  Fanning  house  .  .  on  page  621 
Will  of  Lieut.  John  Fanning,  No.  5  .  .  .  .  opp.  page  636 
The  old  Jonathan  Fanning  house,  Lcdyard  .  do.  .  648 
Statue  of  Gen.  Williams  Carter  Wickham  .  do.  .  664 
Mural  tablet  of  Gen.  Edmund  Fanning,  No.  46  do.  .  680 
Capt.  Thomas  Fanning  homestead  at  Shewville,  Conn. 

opp.  page  706 
Engraved  portrait  of  Dr.  James  Cook  Aycr         do,   .     712 
The  action  between  the  Serapis  and  the  Bon  Homme 
Richard  (from  an  engraving  by  Whitechurch  in  pos- 
session of  the  author) opp.  page  722 

Autograph  of  Lt.  Nathaniel  Fanning,  No.  no  on  page  724 
Portrait  of  Lt.  Nathaniel  Fanning,  No.  no  opp.  page  734 
The  Gardner  farm,  Norwich,  Conn.,  homestead  of 

Thomas  and  Susannah  (Faulkner)  Fanning, opp.  page  766 
Engraved  portrait  of  David  Hale  Fanning,  No.  697 

opp.  page  774 
Engraved  portrait  of  Judge  Adelbert  C.  Fanning,  No. 

735 opp.  page  776 

The  Riverhead  tombstone      do.   .     780 

Pedigree  of  the  Fannings ^.   .   .   .        do.   .     808 

Stcc!  plate  portraits  engraved  by  Frederick  T.  Stuart,  Boston.  Photo- 
gravure plates  by  John  Andrew  &  Son,  Boston.  •  Engraved  maps  by  George 
H.  Walker  &  Co.,  Boston.  Fanninc:  Amis  and  portrait  of  Gen.  Fanning, 
in  color,  by  the  Forbes  Lithograph  Co.,  Boston.  Connecticut  farm  scenes 
photographed  by  George  K.  Tinglcy,  Mptici  Conn. 

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The  following  is  a  plain  and  ungamishcd  account  of  the 
Fannings  as  they  appear  from  the  records  in  the  localities 
in  which  they  lived,  with  no  attempt  to  extol  their  virtues 
or  laud  their  praises.  Their  lives  and  deeds  as  recorded 
are  sufficient  glorification  in  themselves. 

The  account  covers  a  gencnU  history  of  the  family  from 
earliest  times  down  to  the  Cromwcllian  confiscations,  1652- 
53,  and  a  particular  record  of  the  descendants  of  Edmund 
Fanning  from  tliat  period  down  to  the  year  1900. 

Tradition  and  hearsay  have  been  very  little  relied  upon. 
The  narrative  is  based  entirely  upon  the  facts  obtained 
from  actual  town,  city,  county,  state,  gravestone,  and  Bible 
records,  and  other  positively  authentic  sources  of  informa* 
tion,  and  is  the  result  of  fifteen  years  of  imremitting  labor 
and  perseverance  on  the  part  of  the  author.  The  work  was 
begun  in  1890,  when  he  came  into  possession  of  an  old  ten- 
page  manuscript  written  in  1803  by  Lucy  Fanning  Watson, 
mother  of  John  Fanning  Watson,  the  Annalist  of  Pliila- 
delphia,  wliich  purported  to  be  a  brief  authentic  account 
of  the  Fanning  family  from  the  year  1641. 

The  author  endeavored  to  verify  the  statements  in  the 
manuscript  by  the  Connecticut  as  well  as  the  foreign  records, 
but  so  many  discrepancies  and  errors  appearing,  he  dis- 
carded the  manuscript  entirely  and  started  anew,  relying 
wholly  upon  the  records  abroad  and  those  at  Groton,  Ston- 
ington,  and  New  London,  the  localities  where  the  Fannings 

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first  settled' in  this  country.  By  this  course  only  has  the 
work  been  made  possible,  and  the  results  obtained  may  be 
accepted  as  entirely  reliable  and  authentic. 

The  name  is  on  record  in  Ireland  from  the  early  part ; 
of  the  thirteenth  century,  and  was  one  of  influence  in  the 
counties  of  Limerick,  Clare,  Kilkenny,  and  Tipperary,  imtil 
the  general  confiscation  under  Cromwell  in  1652.  Petty's! 
Survey,  commenced  in  1654  and  finished  during  the  regime 
of  Oliver  Cromwell,  was  the  first  accurate  survey  of  Ireland. 
In  it  are  recorded  the  names  of  the  proprietors  whose  estates 
were  confiscated,  with  the  extent  of  their  holdings,  and  in  it 
can  be  traced  the  vast  extent  of  the  Fanning  estates  previous 
to  the  confiscations  of  1652. 

That  Edmund  Fanning,  the  American  ancestor  who  ap-  i 
pears  as  the  Connecticut  settler  in  1653,  ^^  ^  Edmund,  \ 
son  of  Francis  Fanning,  Mayor  of  Limerick,  Ireland,  whose 
name  appears  among  the  Connaught  Certificates  in  1653 
{yide^  page  32  of  this  work),  may  not  appear  to  be  estab- 
lished beyond  the  peradventure  of  a  doubt,  yet  all  the  evi- . 
dence  leads  up  to  that  supposition.     O'Hart's  correspon- 
dence with  the  author  on  this  subject  will  be  found  in  the 

There  is  no  evidence  whatever  to  show  that  Edmund 
Fanning  was  son  of  Dominick  —  in  fact  Dominick  had  no 
son  Edmund  —  and  it  is  believed  the  first  and  only  claim 
to  this  theory  appears  on  the  Riverhead  tombstone,  erected 
in  1849,  which  has  many  glaring  errors  and  misstatements, 
and  wliich  record,  therefore,  docs  not  inspire  one  with  con- 
fidence in  the  belief  that  the  "Don*:nick"  statement  had 
any  just  basis  for  circulation.    (Ftrfc,  page  780.) 

Lenihan's  ''History  of  Limerick"  was  not  published  until 
1866,  seventeen  years  after  the  erection  of  the  tombstone, 
and  the  sources  of  information  before  that  time  were  meagre. 

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Dominick  and  Francis  had  bolb  been  mayors  of  Limerick, 
and  could  easily  have  t>ecn  confounded,  and  the  fame  of 
Dominick,  who  was  beheaded  for  liis  allegiance  to. a  cause, 
could  utterly  have  obscured  the  true  facts  in  the  case.  If 
Edmund  was  son  of  Dominick,  it  is  singular  none  of  his 
cliildren  or  any  of  his  descendants  were  named  after  tiicir 
illustrious  ancestor,  for  it  is  a  fact  the  name  Dominick  does 
not  appear  even  ottce  among  the  thirteen  hundred  names  in 
this  work.  While  the  identity  of  Edmund  may  not  be 
proved  to  a  certainty,  there  is  evidence  he  was  the  son  of 
Francis.    There  is  fw  evidence  ho  was  the  son  of  Dominick. 

It  is  to  be  regretted  tliat  no  record  can  be  found  of  Ed- 
mund Fanning's  arrival  in  this  country.  Neither  Hotten's 
List,  Drake,  or  the  New  England  Settlers,  or  any  works  on 
the  subject  mention  his  name.  He  may  have  come  over 
under  an  assumed  name,  as  did  many  first  settlers. 

In  the  matter  of  the  sources  of  information  to  the  author, 
the  manuscript  of  all  that  has  most  truthfully  and  accurately 
been  borne  out  by  the  actual  records,  is  the  "Genealogical 
Narrative  of  the  Woods  and  Fannings  and  Coffins,"  by 
John  Coffin  Wood,  written  about  1869.  The  following  is 

.  .  .  "Since  the  death  of  Aunt  Hetty  I  have  found  among  the 
family  papers  a  journal  in  her  father*5  (Phineas  Fanning  No.  103, 
grandson  of  Capt.  James  Fanning  of  L.I.)  handwriting  in  the  year 
^775*  It  is  in  my  possession  and  I  prize  it  highly.  Its  existence  tvas 
not  known  until  I  found  it  I  make  the  following  extract,  which  more 
than  confirms  what  has  been  given  to  me  by  Aunt  Hetty.** 

Extract:  '^Joamal  of  a  voyage  from  Nantucket  to  L.  Island 
1775.  Saturday*  April  ist  Very  ill,  sore  throat,  etc.  Monday,  lolh. 
Most  well.  Walked  as  far  as  ye  Mayers  R.  Hcnchmans  there,  then 
walked  as  far  as  Gd  Fathers  (James  Fanning).  Caty  and  Fanny  sick, 
the  old  Gcnt'n  tells  me  of  tlie  Family,  tells  me  the  Family  of  the  Fan- 
nings were  something  considerable  near  Kilkenny  in  Ireland,  that  tlie 
family  had  got  reduced  but  that  Edmund  Fanning  had  married  the 
Daughter  of  an  Irisl)  Earl  (does  not  remember  ye  name)  he  was  a 

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Ca)>tain  iii  Favour  of  Kinj;  Cliarles,  and  when  Cromwell  conquered  ; 
Ireland  tic  ruined  innumerable  multitudes  of  them  and  seized  their ! 
estates — among  the  Rest  this  Edmund  Fanning  and  his  wife  and  son 
Edmund  took  their  flight  for  New  England,  having  left  all,  expecting 
to  serve  for  their  passage ;  Among  others  they  landed  at  New  Lon- 
don. Governor  Wintlirop  soon  made  himself  acqu:unted  with  the 
woman  and  perceiving  her  extract  and  that  she  was  a  woman  of  Sence 
and  Learning,  rescued  them  from  servitude  and  settled  them  on  Fish- 
er's Island,  whicli  was  Ins,  and  to  this  day  belongs  to  his  posterity. 

••  Edmond  Fanning  then  became  one  of  the  thirteen  first  Hropri- 
etors  of  Stonington,  which  his  posterity  hold  to  this  Day.  he  had 
iive  sons,  Edmond  bom  in  Ireland,  Thomxs,  William,  James  and 
John."  .... 

The  authenticity  of  the  account  is  not  questioned.  Wliile 
it  may  contain  some  minor  errors^  it  folbws  the  actual  rec- 
ords much  more  closely  than  tiie  Lucy  Fanning  Watson 
manuscript.  '  The  account  docs  not  stiitc  Edmund  Fanning 
was  son  of  Dominick,  nor  that  he  married  Catherine,  daugh- 
ter of  Hugh  Hays,  Earl  of  Connaught,  both  of  which  state- 
ments have  been  disproved.  It  is  on  the  whole  a  remarkably 
accurate  statement,  as  proved  by  the  records. 

The  Fannings  were  very  zealous  in  their  military  and 
naval  career  and  furnished  a  large  quota  of  men  for  service 
in  the  wars  of  their  country.    Few  families  have  contributed 
so  largely  to  the  sufferings  of  the  Revolutionary  War  in 
particular  as  tliat  of  the  Fannings,  in  many  cases  every 
male  member  of  the  family  serving.    By  actual  record  over 
thirteen  per  cent  of  the  male  descendants  of  Edmund  Fan- 
ning did  miUtary  service  in  the  various  wars.    John  Fanning 
Watson,  the  historian,  in  a  letter  written  in  1835,  says: 
"The  War  of  the  Revolution  destroyed  the  whole  male  part  '- 
of  John  Farming's  family  (No.  59)  and  the  country  never  i 
bestowed  one  penny  upon  any  of  the  heirs!"    {Vidt  note ; 
on  page  179.)     What  greater  heroes  are  there  than  those, 
who  give  their  lives  for  their  country?    The  Jersey  Prison 

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Ship,  that  loathesome  chamcl-housei  and  the  Strombolo, 
had  their  share  of  Fannings.  G>uld  there  be  nobler  heroes 
than  those  whose  bones  lay  bleaching  on  the  shores  of  the 

Whatever  cause  the  Fannings  upheld,  tlicy  entered  into  it 
with  spirit,  determination,  and  patriotisnu  These  are  some 
of  the  chief  characteristics  that  have  pervaded  the  family 
from  the  beginning  —  patriotism  and  true  devotion  to  country 
and  cause,  regardless  of  consequences.  It  has  been  said  no 
Fanning  was  ever  a  traitor  to  country  or  creed.  Truly  their 
lives  were  never  peaceful,  and  their  history  is  a  story  of  con- 
fiscation, sacrifice,  and  martyrdom  from  the  earliest  times. 

In  the  Fort  Griswold  massacre,  Sept.  6,  1781,  there  were 
no  Fannings  (viJ^,  "Batde  of  Groton  Heights,"  by  William 
W.  Harris,  New  London,  Conn.,  1S70,  rev.  by  Charles  Allyn, 
1882),  a  fact  which  on  first  impression  strikes  one  as  singular, 
inasmuch  as  Groton  was  the  particular  habitat  of  tlie  family. 
The  Fannings,  however,  were  all  off  to  tlie  war  at  that  time. 

It  may  seem  strange,  also,  that  a  family  as  prominent  as 
the  Fannings  should  not  now  have  one  descendant  repre- 
sentative of  that  name  living  in  Groton  or  Stonington.    Paul 
Jones's  lieutenant,  and  the  distinguished  navigator  men- 
tioned by  Mr.  Webster  and  Lord  Ashburton  in  their  treaty, ' 
both  Fannings,  were  natives  of  Stonington.    The  town  of; 
Ledyard  and  city  of  New'  London  have  each  but  one  family  ! 
of  the  name  at  the  present  time.  ; 

If  one  desires  to  get  a  dear  and  vivid  account  of  the  daily . 
life  of  an  early  settler  of  the  period,  he  has  only  to  read  the  ; 
"  Diary  of  Thomas  Minor,  Stonington,  Conn.,  1653  to  1684." 
In  it  are  clearly  portrayed  the  every-day  events  of  a  pioneer  j 
of  those  times,  and  in  it  one  can  read  the  lives  of  many  of 
the  early  inhabitants. 

A  very  careful  and  painstaking  research  was  made  in  an 

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endeavor  to  connect  the  Southern  Fannins  with  Edmund 
Fanning,  but  mthout  success,  hence  a  genealogical  account, 
of  the  Fannins  is  omitted. 

The  maps  of  the  two  Fanning  farms,  in  color  (as  well  as 
the  one  showing  the  Noank  lots),  are  original  maps.  They 
were  worked  out  personally  by  the  author,  who  examined 
and  became  familiar  with  every  foot  of  ground  embraced 
therein.  He  measured  and  surveyed  the  entire  farms,  with 
all  their  detail,  before  giving  it  over  to  the  civil  engineers  for 
confirmation  and  completion. 

No  plan  of  the  "Noank  Lots''  that  were  taken  from  the 
Indians  and  distributed  to  the  inhabitants  of  Groton,  is 
known  to  be  in  existence,  or  to  have  ever  been  worked  out. 
(The  venerable  and  much  loved  ex-judge  of  probate,  the 
late  Hon.  Richard  A.  Wheeler,  of  Stonington,  told  the  author 
it  was  an  impossibility  to  make  a  plan  of  them.)  This  has 
required  the  utmost  diligence  and  research  to  perfect,  but  is 
given  complete,  and  shows  the  location  of  the  three  hundred 
orignial  lots,  with  the  names  of  all  the  grantees  except 

The  Arms  of  Fanning  are  registered  in  Ulsters  Office, 
Dublin,  1775,  Ped.  XI,  fol.  269,  as  follows: 

or,  a  chevron  gules,  between  three  doves  proper; 
for  crest^  on  a  wreath  of  the  colottrs  a  cherub  proper. 
Motto:  "In  Deo  Spes  Mea." 

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The  growth  of  nations  which  have  become  powerful 
has  been  remarkably  steady,  and  has  depended  upon  the 
superior  intelligence  of  the  race  or  peoples  by  whom  they 
have  been  conquered.  Gaul  and  Britain  subjected  by 
the  Romans  enjoyed  for  centuries  the  benefits  of  that 
degree  of  civilization  brought  by  the  invaders,  and  this 
condition  was  in  turn  superseded  by  that  which  followed 
the  conquest  by  the  Northmen. 

The  Scandinavian  Vikings  or  sea-rovers,  who  descended 
in  hordes  upon  the  western  shores  of  Europe  during  the 
eighth,  ninth  and  tenth  centuries,  were  not   barbarians,; 
but  belonged  to  a  race  that  had  made  considerable  pro- 
gress not  only  in  useful  arts  but  in  literature  and  science. 
The  people  of  the  north  were  possessed  of-  a  splendid 
vitality,  which  united  with  a  warlike  disposition,  an  in-: 
domitable    courage   and  a  spirit  of  enterprise,  enabled 
them  in  most  instances  to  overcome  the  opposition  of  the 
less  virile  and  active  communities  whom  they  attempted; 
to  subjugate.   In  the  conquered  states,  while  they  exerted: 
the  controlling  influence  and  power,  they  readily  amalga- 1 
mated  with  the  people,  customs  and  institutions,  adopting 

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and  applying  what  they  found  superior  to  their  own,  and 
introducing  and  enforcing  such  forms  and  usages  from  the 
north  as  would  improve  existing  conditions.^ 

In  the  year  912  a  force  of  these  Northmen,  under  their 
celebrated  chief  Rollo,  invaded  and  conquered  the  province 
of  Neustria  in  the  north  of  France,  which  from  them  took 
the  name  of  Normandy.     Here  they  founded  a  mighty 
state  which    gradually  extended   its   influence  over  the; 
principalities  of  Brittany  and  Maine.     While  maintaining! 
their  valor  and  discipline,  they  rapidly  acquired  all  the 
knowledge  and  refinement  of  the  country  in  which  they 
settled,  intermarried  with  the  original  inhabitants,   cm- 
braced  Christianity,  and  abandoned  their  native  speech 
for  the  French  language.     The  matchless  vigor  of   the 
Scandinavian,  united  with  the  vivacity  of  the  Celtic  Gaul, 
produced  the  Norman,  the  representative  of  the  conquer- 
ing and  ruling  race  of  Europe ;  and  Normandy  became 
one  of  the  most  powerful  states  in  Christendom.  In  habits 
and  manners  the  people  rapidly   improved.      Macaulay 
says  of  them:    "The  polite  luxury  of  the  Norman  pre- 
sented a  striking  contrast  to   the   coarse  voracity  and 
drunkenness  of  his  Saxon  and  Danish  neighbors.      He 
loved  to  display  his  magnificence,  not  in  huge  piles  of 
food  and  hogsheads  of  strong  drink,  but  in  large  and 
stately  edifices,  rich  armor,  gallant  horses,  choice  falcons, 
well-ordered  tournaments,  banquets  delicate  rather  than 
abundant,  and  wines  remarkable  rather  for  their  exquisite 
flavor  than  for  their  intoxicating  power.     That  chivalrous 
spirit  which  has  exercised  so  powerful  an  influence  on  the 
politics,  morals  and  manners  of  all  the  European  nations, 

'  OoChailltt :    The  Viking  Age. 

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was  found  in  the  highest  exaltation  among  the  Norman  | 
nobles.  These  nobles  were  distinguished  by  their  graceful 
bearing  and  insinuating  address.  They  were  distinguished 
also  by  their  skill  in  negotiation^  and  by  a  natural  eloquence 
which  they  assiduously  cultivated.  But  their  chief  fame 
was  derived  from  their  military  exploits.  Every  country, 
from  the  Atlantic  Ocean  to  the  Dead  Sea,  witnessed  the 
prodigies  of  their  discipline  and  valor.*'* 

And  yet  that  race,  as  a  race,  has  vanished.  It  has 
everywhere  been  absorbed  by  the  conquered  peoples. 
"The  adventurous  Normans,''  says  Gibbon,  "who  raised 
so  many  trophies  in  France,  England  and  Ireland,  in 
Apulia,  Sicily  and  the  East,  were  lost  in  victory  among 
the  vanquished  nations."  * 

Though  endowed  with  many  noble  and  magnanimous 
qualities,  the  Normans  in  their  love  of  conquest  and  thirst! 
for  gain,  often  displayed  much  of  the  ferocity  and  wanton 
cruelty  of  their  Scandinavian  ancestors.  They  appro-; 
priated  the  lands  and  possessions  of  their  vanquished  foeS; 
with  as  little  regard  to  right  as  the  buccaneers  of  later 
times  robbed  their  helpless  victims. 

In  1066  the  battle  of  Hastings  placed  William,  Duke  of 
Normandy,  on  the  English  throne.  Never  was  a  nation 
more  gompletcly  subjugated.  William  portioned  out  the; 
v/hole  of  England  among  his  officers.  The  new  proprie- 
tors erected  strong  military  castles,  and  sorely  oppressed 
the  subject  race.  Cruel  penal  la\vs,  strictly  enforced, 
guarded  the  privileges  and  even  the  sports  of  the  Norman 

'  History  of  England. 

*  Rise  and  Fall  of  the  Roman  Empire. 

'Freeman;    History  of  the  Norman  Conquest,  Vol.  I.,  pp.  169, 170. 

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About  one  hundred  years  after  the  conquest  of  England 
the  Normans  invaded  Ireland.  In  1172  Henry  ll.,  then 
the  most  powerful  monarch  in  Europe,  landed  in  Ireland, 
and  received  the  homage  of  the  Irish  king  and  many  of 
the  princes  of  that  country,  on  condition  that  they  should 
not  be  disturbed  in  the  possession  of  their  territories. 
Not^vithstanding  the  treaty  by  which  Henry  bound  him- 
self, he  afterwards  granted  the  whole  of  Ireland  to  ten  of 
his  nobles,  by  charter  and  Norman  law.  He  also  be- 
stowed the  Lordship  of  Ireland  on  his  son  Prince  John, 
Earl  of  Moreton,  in  1185. 

The  grant  of  Henry  led  to  wars  between  the  Norman 
barons  and  the  Irish  chieftains;  wars  carried  on  with 
varying  success,  and  resulting  in  many  Norman  acquisi-  ' 
tions  on  Irish  soil.  These  Normans  were  scarcely  settled  : 
in  their  possessions  when  they  adopted  the  language,  ; 
habits  and  customs  of  the  Irish.  They  intermarried  with 
the  natives,  and  became  ipsis  Hibemis  Hiberniores,  that 
is,  more  Irish  than  the  Irish  themselves.*  Though  the 
Norman-English  monarchs  gained  nominal  possession  of 
Ireland  and  established  their  government  in  Dublin,  yet 
their  power  was  confined  for  centuries  to  some  seaports 
and  a  limited  district  around  that  city  called  the  English 
Pale.  The  great  barons  and  chieftains  ruled  like  inde- 
pendent princes  over  the  greater  part  of  the  country.  Jt 
was  not  until  the  reign  of  King  James  I.  that  English  law 
was  established  and  acknowledged  over  die  whole  island. 

'  McGeoghe^n :     History  of  Ireland. 

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The  Fanning  family  appears  to  be  of  Norman  ori^n, 
and  to  have  come  to  Ireland  with  the  first  settlers  of  that 
race,  probably  in  the  train  of  the  Geraldines/  as  we  find 
their  destinies  for  several  centuries  interwoven  witli  the 
fate  of  the  Desmond  branch  of  that  noble  house. 

Keating,  in  his  History  of  Ireland,  classes  the  Fannings 
among  the  distinguished  families  descended  from  the  Shan 
Gall  {^^Sefi^GlioiW^ — old  strangers) /a  name  applied  by 
the  ancient  Irish  to  the  Norman  invaders  of  tlie  twelfth 
century.*  O'Hart  and  other  eminent  authorities  make 
f.imilar  statements  as  to  the  family's  Norman  origin,  and  a 
long  and  thorough  investigation  of  all  available  sources  of 
information  bears  out  this  conclusion. 

In  considering  the"  meaning  and  origin  of  the  name  we 
should  first  notice  the  various  ways  in  which  it  is  spelled, 
though  it  is  well  to  remember  that  spelling  is  not  always 
a  sure  guide  to  the  derivation  of  a  name.  Many  names 
are  spelled  in  a  great  variety  of  ways.  Shakspere's  name 
is  found  in  at  least  twenty-seven,*  while  the  name  Main- 
waring  appears  in  one  hundred  and  thirty-one  different 

^The  Geraldines:— a  name  applied  to  the  descendants  of  Maurice  Fitz- 
Gerald,  the  son  of  Earl  Gerald  and  the  Princess  Nesta.  Maurice,  who  was  the 
first  to  assume  the  surname  of  FitzGerald,  accompanied  Earl  Strongbow  to 
Ireland  in  1 169»  where  he  received  large  grants  of  land  in  Limerick, Thomond, 
Kildare  and  Wicklow  from  Henry  zi.  He  had  four  sonst  William,  Baron  of 
Naas;  Gerald,  Baron  of  Offaly  and  ancestor  to  the  Earls  of  Kildare;  Thomas^ 
ancestor  to  the  ]^ls  of  Desmond;  Alexander,  who  settled  in  England. 

*Keating's  History  of  Ireland,  translated  by  Dermod  O'Connor,  Doblio, 
1841,  p.  324. 

'Barber.    British  Family  Names,  London,  1894,  p.  2. 

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forms.^.  In  Ireland,  particularly,  there  are  found  great 
variations  in  the  spelling  of  names,  due  partly  to  the  lapse 
of  time,  to  igndrance,  and  to  the  use  of  different  Ian* 
guagcs  and  the  custom  of  translating  names  from  one 
language  into  another. 

In  the  case  of  the  name  Fanning  there  appears  to  be 
more  corruption  in  later  than  in  earlier  records.  The 
present  form,  ending  in  ing^  seems  to  have  become  estab- 
lished in  the  sixteenth  century.  Then  and  subsequently 
we  find  the  forms,  Fanyng,  Fannyng,  Fannynge,  Fanynge, 
Faning,  Fanyin,  Fannying,  Fannyn,  Fanningc,  Fannen, 
Fanan,  Fannin,  and  Fannon. 

According  to  one  authority*  the  forms  Fcnning  and 
Finning  also  occur  in  recent  times.  There  appears  to  be 
no  ancient  record,  however,  in  which  the  first  vowel  is  any- 
thing but  "  a." 

The  earliest  form  of  the^  name  on  record  seems  to  be 
Fanyn.*  This  name  is  mentioned  several  times  in  the 
records  referred  to  in  the  footnote  during  the  period  1234- 
1304,  and  always  with  the  same  spelling.  This  form  con-, 
tinues  also  during  the  first  half  of  the  fourteenth  century 
in  the  Chancery  records  of  Ireland.* 

About  the  year  1355  we  find  the  first  occurrence  of  a 
final  "g"  in  these  records — Fanyng.  The  people  who 
bore  this  name  in  early  times  lived  in  the  south  of  Ireland, 
in  the  counties  of  Limerick   and  Tipperary,  and  were 

*  Lower.    Fatronymica  BriUanica,  London,  i860,  p.  xlx« 

*  Matheson.    Varieties  and  Synonymes  of  Surnames  and  Christian  Names 
in  Ireland,  Dublin,  189a  | 

'Calendar  of  Documents  relating  to  Irclanu,  preserved  in  Her  Majesty's  \ 
Public  Record  Office,  vol  i.,  p.  32S.  I 

^Rotulorum  patentium  ct  clausorum  cancellariae  Ilibcmix  Cahndarium, 
Dublin,  182S. 

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influential  citizens  of  Limerick  city  and  Fanningstown. 
D'Alton*  says,  "  Ortelius*  map  locates  this  family  in  the , 
Barony  of  Pobblc-Brian  (Pubblebrien,  Poblebrien),  County 
of  Limerick." 

Considering  these  various  spellings,  and  remembering 
that  the  people  of  name  may  have  been  Celtic,  Saxon 
or  Norman,  its  etymology  is  not  easily  determined.  Bar- 
ber* says  it  is  Flemish  and  a  personal  name,  Arthur*  that 
it  means  **  the  son  of  Fann,"  and  faun  in  Gaelic  means 
weak.  It  is  true  that  the  ending  ing  means  '*  son  of,"  and 
this  derivation  might  seem  reasonable  if  the  earliest  form 
of  the  name  had  that  termination.  But,  as  has  been  said, 
the  *'  g"  does  not  appear  until  one  hundred  and  fifty  years 
after  the  earliest  record  of  the  name  in  Ireland.  We  must 
account  for  the  whole  of  the  name.  If  merely  the  first  part 
of  the  word  were  to  be  accounted  for,  there  are  various 
roots  which  suggest  themselves.  There  is  an  Irish  word, , 
fan^  which  means  a  slope.  There  is  the  common  English ' 
word,  fan^  which  comes  from  the  Anglo-Saxon,  fann,\ 
,  a  word,  according  to  Skeat,*  borrowed  from  the  Latin  j 
Ivannjts^  possibly  through  the  French  van^  and  coming 
down  from  the  root  WA,  to  blow.  This  Latin  word  is 
akin  to  our  wind  smd  vane^  so  that  if  from  this  root  the 
name  Fanning  might  be  kindred  with  the  English  name 
Vane.  j 

There  is  also  an  old  Celtic  personal  name  Fann,  the! 
designation  of  a  woman  or  a  fairy,  found  in  a  manuscript* 

*  b'Alton.  Illustrations  Historical  and  Genealogical  of  King  James's  Irish 
Army  List  1689,  London,  1S61,  vol.  n.,  p.  62a 

'Barber.    British  Family  Names,  London,  1894,  p.  122. 

'  Arthur.  An  Etymological  Dictionary  of  Family  and  Christian  Names,  New 
York,  1857,  p.  127. 

^  Skeat.    Principles  of  English  Etymology,  Oxford,  1887,  pp.  434*5* 

*Irbchc  Textc  von  Ernst  Windisch,  Leipzig,  1880,  pp.  199  ct  seq. 

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of  about  the  year  iioo.  This  name  Fann  exists  at  the 
present  time.^  None  of  these  possible  derivations,  how- 
ever, account  for  the  second  syllable  of  the  word. 

One  of  the  best  authorities  on  surnames.  Lower,  says 
that  the  name  is  "  probably  local,  and  identical  with  the 
English  Fenning."'  Under  Penning  the  same  authority 
says :  "  May  be  local,  but  I  do  not  find  the  place.  I  think' 
it  may  possibly  be  a  Scandinavian  name,  and  the  genitive 
form,  Fennings,  rather  confirms  this  view,"  Fenning  nat-^ 
urally  suggests  Fcnn,  which,  says  Lower,  comes  from  the 
Anglo-Saxon  y>//«,  a  bog,  from  residence  near  one.  This 
is  a  reasonable  derivation  for  an  Irish  family  name,  but  it 
accounts  rather  for  Fanning  than  for  Fanyn.  One  might 
argue  that  Fanyn  is  a  corruption,  and  that  the  original  "g** 
was  lost  by  the  same  tendency  which  we  see  exhibited  to- 
day when  illiterate  people  drop  the  *'g"  of  present  parti- 
ciples. Assuming,  then,  that  such  was  the  case,  and  that 
the  form  Fanning  was  the  cai^Uest,  we  are  brought  to  the 
conclusion  that  we  have  a  name  of  great  antiquity.  In 
this  connection  PhiUimore  says:'  ** Sometimes  to  early 
names  was  added  the  affix  hig^  meaning  descendants  of. 
Such  forms  are  Harding,  Browning,  Banning,  Fenning, 
from  Hard,  Brun,  Ban,  Fen.  The  antiquity  of  these 
names,  so  simple  in  form,  is  so  great,  that  it  is  usually 
dangerous  to  hazard  any  theory  as  to  their  origin,  though 
we  may  conjecture  that  they  often  referred  to  the  supposed 

*  Vide  London  Post  Office  Directory.  In  The  GentaUgisU  vol  in.,  London 
1879,  p.  155,  is  this  extract  from  the  parish  register  of  Radford,  County  Notts 
*<  1689  Thomas  Charlton,  Esq,  and  Mrs.  Mary  Fann  roarryed  January  ye  9tl 
day,"  fotlowed  by  the  note  (in  relation  to  Mra.  Mary  Fann)  \  "of  whose  famiJ 
no  particulars  have  been  found.*^ 

'Lower.    Patronyroica  Brittanica,  London,  i860,  p.  415. 

•PhiUimore.  A  Supplement  to  How  to  Write  the  Kiatoty  of  a  Family 
London,  2S96,  p,  234, 

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personal  qualities  of  the  bearer,  and  usually,  no  doubt, 
were  complimentary  in  their  character.  Be  this  as  it  may, 
,we  cannot  doubt  that  they  are  of 'high  antiqui^,  far 
surpassing  those  of  the  great  families  which  came  into 
prominence  after  the  Conquest,  and  bore,  more  frequently 
than  otherwise,  names  of  local  character/' 
t  .  Another  excellent  authority  on  surnames  is  Ferguson. 
In  regard  to  the  ending  ing  he  says:^  ''  Of  the  two  patro- 
nymic forms,  ing  and  son^  the  former  is  more  properly 
Germanic  and  the  latter  Scandinavian.  The  form  ing  was 
discontinued  about  the  time  of  the  Conquest  (1066),  and 
.consequently  all  the  names  in  which  it  appears  are  carried 
back  to  Anglo-Saxon  times.  (In  some  few  cases,  the  ter- 
mination ing  may  be  local,  from  ing^  a  meadow,  and  not 
a  patronymic.)'-  Upon  this  Lower  remarks:*  '*I  believe 
that  in  manyy  if  not  most  cases,  the  termination  ing  de- 
.notes  the  local  origin,  and  ranks  with  ham^  ley^  tan.  It 
signifies  a  meadow/' 

\,  Now  there  are  many  names  ending  iu  ing  that  are 
clearly  of  Anglo-Saxon  origin.  They  can  be  traced  back 
to  those  times.  But  in  the  case  of  the  name  Fanning, 
long  before  we  get  back  to  Anglo-Saxon  times  we  lose 
the  ing.  All  the  records  mentioned  above,*  from  1234  to 
^  13SS,  invariably  spell  the  name  Fanyn;  and  after  careful 
search  no  other  spelling  has  been  brought  to  light  during 
this  period.  In  short  the  records  so  far  as  known  seem 
'to  show  that  the  name  is  neither  Anglo-Saxon  nor  Celtic 
in  origin. 

How,  then,  can  we  account  for  the  ingf  In  a  word,  by 
corruption.     Just  as  there  is  a  tendency  in  colloquial 

'  Ferguaon.    The  Teutonic  Nftxne-STstem,  London,  i8&^  P*  3 1. 
*I«ower.    Patronynitca  Brttannico,  London,  i860,  p.  xvii. 
*yide  footnotes  3  and  4  on  page  6, 

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speech  to  drop  the  g  from  the  ending  ing^  so  there  is  a 
contrary  tendency  to  add  a  g  where  it  does  not  belong. 
Children   and  illiterate  persons   often   say  garding  for 
garden,  founting  for  fountain.     Inasmuch  as  there  is  a 
large  class  of  English  names  ending  in  ing^  a  name  from' 
a  foreign  source  terminating  in  the  form  in  might  con-j 
ceivably  take  the  form  iiig  through  people's  unconscious! 
desire  to  bring  it  into  conformity  with  such  names.     Cor- 
ruption tends,  as  Ferguson  well  remarks,  ''almost  inva- 
riably towards  a  meaning  and  not  away  from  one." 

Supposing  that  Fanyn  is  of  Norman  origin  or  represents  | 
a  Norman   name,  it  can  easily  become   Fanning.      An  • 
examination  of  the  work  called  "  The  Norman  People " ' 
shows  many  analogous  cases.     The  English  name  Cum- 
mings  seems  to  be  derived  from  the  Norman  Comyn 
Manning  from  Maignon  (Maignen),  Gunning  from  Ginon. 
A  score  of  other  English  names  ending  in  ing  appear  to 
have  a  similar  origin.*     In  many  if  not  all  of  these  cases, 
the  family  origin  is  unquestionably  Norman.    This  is  trucl 
of  the  Barringtons,*  e.  g.,  whose  name  was  spelled  succes-,r 
sively,  Barentin,  Barentyn,  Barenton,  Barcntine,    till    at; 
length  it  took  the  English  form  of  Barrington. 

In  the  thirteenth  century  there  was  a'^vide  prevalence 
of  Norman  names  in  Ireland  in  consequence  of  the  Anglo 
Norman  invasion.     The  same  thing  was  true  also  of  Eng- 
land.    Indeed,  Norman  names  in  both  countries  seem  to] 
have  been  more  numerous  than  has  commonly  been  sup-,' 
posed.      "Throughout  all  the  records  and  rolls  of  thef' 


^The  Norman  People,  Anon.,  London,  1874.  [ 

'Vide  in  *The  Norman  People"  the  names  Aveling,  Barington,  Bowring; 

FttUing,  Flickling,  Hodding,  Jennings,  Kipling,  Mannering,  MuUings,  Pinch  ^ 

ing,  Rawling,  Rosliug,  Waring,  Welling. 
'Lower.    Patronymtca  Britannica,  London,  i860,  p.  19. 

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twelfth  and  thirteenth  centuries,"  says  Bardsley,*  "we  find, ' 
with  but  the  rarest  exceptions,  all  our  personal  names  to 
be  Norman." 

The  author  of  "The  Norman  People"  examined  the 
London  Post  Office  Directory  of  1870,  and  compared  it 
with  other  records  to  ascertain  what  proportion  of  Eng-  [ 
land's  surnames  were  Norman  in  origin.  He  found  that 
6,900  names  out  of  a  total  of  29,000  in  round  numbers 
were  Norman.  He  inferred  that  the  Normans  who  came 
over  in  the  eleventh  century  were  not  merely  the  aris- 
tocracy but  the  commonalty  also,  and  that  about  one 
fourth  of  the  English  people  are  of  Norman  origin. 

"  The  writer  had  been  under  the  impression  that  heredi- 
tary surnames,  like  armorial  bearings,  were  in  early  times 
peculiar  to  the  higher  classes,  and  that  it  was  not  till  two 
or  three  centuries  after  the  Conquest  that  their  example 
was  followed  by  the  middle  and  lower  classes.  But  it  now 
became  evident  that  hereditary  surnames  were  in  use  by 
all  classes  in  Normandy  in  the  middle  of  the  eleventh: 
.century.  They  descended  from  that  date  both  in  Norman 
and  English  branches  of  the  same  families,  and  it  may 
well  be  conjectured  that  these  names  may  have  been  pre- 
served more  frequently  by  the  descendants  of  the  middle 
'classes  than  by  those  of  the  aristocracy,  for  the  latter  con- 
tinually exchanged  their  Norman  names  for  those  of  their 
manors,  whereas  the  former  had  no  such  inducement  to 

So  true  is  this  that  some  of  our  common  names  can , 
only  be  understood  by  a  study  of  their  origin.   The  names, 
je.  g.,  of  Mudd  and  Gotobed  are  ridiculous  till  we  learn 
that  their  Norman  origin  was  Mode  and  Godbert. 

*  Bardsley.    English  Sunuuxics,  Londoii«  1897,  P-  'S* 
'The  Norman  People,  Anon.,  London,  1874,  pp.  39,  40. 

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It  is  altogether  probable  that  Fanyn  is  of  Normar 
origin.  In  the  first  place  it  does  not  look  like  an  Irisl* 
nanie»  nor  does  it  mean  anything  as  an  English  name 
Again  it  first  occurs  in  records  at  the  time  of  the  Anglo- 
Norman  invasion,  and  often  in  connection  with  other' 
names  unmistakably  Norman.  Either  for  these  reasons, 
or  for  others  more  convincing,  two  Irish  authorities, 
O'Hart^  and  Keating,*  distinctly  place  the  Fannings  among 
Anglo-Norman  families. 

If  the  Fannings  came  from  Normandy  they  certainly 
left  no  trace  of  their  name  in  England.  It  is  not  found 
on  the  Roll  of  Battle  Abbey  nor  on  the  other  lists  of 
those  who  came  over  with  William  the  Conqueror.  There 
were,  however,  many  Norman  families  in  Great  Britain 
and  Ireland  whose  names  do  not  appear  on  those  lists,- 
Assuming,  then,  a  Norman  origin,  we  are  led  to  inquire 
what  Norman  French  this  name  represents.  Fanyn  is 
not  in  itself  a  French  wo'rd.  n  A  word  that  is  suggestec  s 
by  it  is  f anon  J  meaning  a  military  ensign  or  flag.     This; 

name  exists  in  Paris  at  the  present  time.* 

It  is  also^ 

enumerated  in  Larchey's  Dictionary  of  Names*  as  a  sur- 
name of  northern  France.  The  v/ord  fanon  has  been  im- 
ported into  English,  and  was  formerly  spelled  fanoniy 
fanune^  fanun,  fanen}  It  is  the.' same  word  that  appear* 
\c.  gonfalon  (more  properly /^^^(/^icp;<).  This  word  is  akin 
to  the  Anglo-Saxon  fana  and.  pic,  'frn  German  fakne^ 
Ferguson  considers  that  there  is  bur*$light  trace  of  this 

^(yHort    Irish  Pe<Ugrees,  third  Edition,  Dublin,  zS$3.  p.  454- 
*  Keating.    The  History  o{  Ireland,  translated  by  John  O'Mahony,  Ncv 
York,  1866,  pp.  650-2. 
•Vide  Annuaire-Almanach  du  Commerce  de  Yz:^^  Didot-Bottin,  Paris,  1900 
^Larchey,    Dictionnaire  des  Noms,  Parw,  iSSo,  p.  :5?, 
*Vidc  The  Century  Dictionan*,  under  fanon. 

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n  \ 

i/ord  in  ancient  names^  but  connects  with  it  the  English 
surnames,  Fann,  Fanny,  Fenn»  Fennell,  Fanline»  Fenlon» 
and  Fannon,  and  the  French  names  Fano,  Fan6,  Fcnaille, 
penelon,  and  Fannon/  It  seems  entirely  possible,  ilfanon 
was  spelled  fanun  and  fanen  in  England,  that  it  might 
have  htcomtf anyn  in  Ireland. 

It  is  true,  perhaps,  as  Ferguson  says/  that  "  in  an  age 
when  war  was  the  main  business  or  man,  names  taken  from 
the  pastime  in  which  he  delighted,  and  the  weapons  in 
>hich  he  trusted,  were  as  natural  as  they  were  common,'' 
ind  also  that ''  there  are  probably  as  many  names  from 
this  source  as  from  all  other  sources  put  together."  On 
.the  other  hand  it  is  not  easy  to  see  why  a  man  should  be 
named  ^a^.  It  may  be  said  that  we  have  the  name  Flagg 
I  n  English,  but  Ferguson  says  this,  may  be  from  the  Anglo- 
Saxon  yfojgTfl:;i,  to  fiy  or  put  to  flight  It  may  also  be  a 
place  name — "The  man  who  lives  where  the  flags  grow." 
We  can  understand  the  nzm^  Jla^^-man  (Fanner,  German 
Pfanner^  French  Fanniire)  better  than  flag.  As  a  ruie 
surnames  were  given  for  one  of  four  reasons :  to  desig- 
nate a  man's  family  descent,  his  place  of  residence, 
his  occupation,  or  some  characteristic  outer  or  inner. 
As  has  been  said,  however,  the  name  of  Fauon  occurs, 
iilthough  no  ancient  record  of  it  has  come  to  light  and 
nothing  resembling  it  appears  in  the  Great  Rolls  of  the 
Exchequer  of  Normandy,  mentioned  below — a  vast  store- 
bouse  of  Anglo-Norman  names.  If  the  name  Fanning  is 
From  this  old  French  fanan^  its  warlike  suggestion  is 
entirely  in  keeping  with  the  fighting  qualities  that  have 
always  characterized  the  family. 

*  Ferguson.    The  Teatonic  Ntune-System.  London,  1S64,  pp.  233-4. 
MblcL^p.  161. 

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Another  possible  ori(;iii  of  the  name  Fanyn  is  the 
French  name  Fcnin,  which  occurs  in  Arras,  in  Artois, 
during  the  early  part  of  the  fifteenth  century.  A  certain 
Pierre  de  h'cnin  (or  l''cnin)  is  the  reputed  author  of  a 
Chrouiqttc  ccivcriii^  Ihc  years  I/I07-27.*  He  was  of  noble 
family,  and  prcfccl  of  the  cily  of  Arras.  dyinj{  in  1433. 
There  is  a  doubt,  however,  about  the  form  of  this  name; 
it  may  have  been  Fevin,  or  Fcuin,  or  Fenin,  or  Fenin. 
The  best  authority  considers  it  to  be  I'^cnin  and  to  have 
been  derived  from  a  locality  in  Artois.  No  earlier  men- 
tion of  the  name  has  come  to  li{;ht,  and  its  connection 
with  Fanyn — which  at  firsl  :il|',ht  seems  close — is  at  pres- 
ent only  a  matter  of  conjecture. 

There  is,  however,  one  remaining  supposition  as  to  the 
derivation  of  the  name.  The  ancient  form  Fanyn  has 
suggested  to  some  minds  the  French  word  faineant^  do- 
nothing  (cf.  our  common  name  Doolittle).  This  word 
used  collectively  in  the  expression  **Les  Rois  faineants" 
had  a  v^ry  early  application  in  France,  as  it  was  a  com- 
mon designation  in  history  of  the  last  princes  of  the 
Merovingian  Dynasty,  511-752.  How  ancient  is  the 
French  use  of  the  word  is  not  clear.  It  was  also  applied 
in  particular  to  Louis  v.,  the  last  king  of  the  lincof  Char- 
lemangc,  987.*  'l"hus  early  it  was  an  established  surname. 
Several  inslauccs  of  this  name  at  later  dates  are  conclusive 
of  its  occurrence  in  Normandy  about  the  twelfth  and  thir- 
teenth centuries.  Moisy  'cites  among  other  ancient  Norman 

'  Mcmoires  de  P.  dc  Fenin.    Soc.  de  rilisloire  dc  Fnince,  Paris,  1S37. 

*LcsGrandcs  Chroniqucs  dc  France,  Paris,  1S37.  De  Loys  ct  dc  Carle- 
maine  vxr.    "Apres  luy  rcgna  son  fils  qui  par  sumom  fu  appcle  Fai-Noient." 

•Moisy.  Noms  de  Famille  Nonnands,  Paris  1875,  p.  x.  The  name  occurs 
in  a  MS.  "appartenant  i  la  ville  de  Ltsteux»  le  Cartulaire  dePEvachSde  Lisieux," 
p.  iS. 

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family  names  that  of  Radulphus  Faii-nietit,  and  speaks 
of  It  as  a  name  having  its  origin  "i  la  personne  morale."' 
Codcfroy,*  in  his  Dictionary  of  Old  French,  quotes  the 
name  Guillaume  Faytteant  at  Nevers,  lA^g.  To  come 
nearer  to  the  time  of  the  Anglo-Norman  invasion  we  find 
several  entries  of  the  name  on  the  Great  Rolls  of  the  Ex- 
chequer of  Normandy.*  From  1195  to  1203  there  occur 
the  names  Johannes  Fainiant  and  Willelmus  Fait  Neient 
in  various  spellings:  Faitnient,  Fainent,  Fanient,  etc., 
many  times. 

It  is  possible,  even  probable,  that  this  name  occurring 
in  Normandy  just  before  the  name  Fanyn  first  appears 
in  Ireland,  may  have  passed  over  into  the  form  Fanyn, 
and  then  in  a  foreign  country  where  its  meaning  soon 
became  forgotten  have  remained,  and  finally  by  assimila- 
tion become  Fanning;  while  at  length  in  its  own  land 
it  died  out..  So  conclusive,  indeed,  do  these  facts  and 
considerations  seem  to  the  author  of  "The  Norman 
I'eople,"  that  he  states  positively  that  the  name  Fanning 
comes  from  the  French  name  Faineant  connecting  with 
it  the  names  Fannin,  Fannon,  and  Fenning.  While  this 
derivation  may  not  seem  established  beyond  doubt,  it  is, 
all  things  considered,  the  most  likely  supposition  so  far 
advanced,  and  it  is  doubtful  if  any  more  salisfactory  con- 
clusion could  be  arrived  at  by  further  research. 

'  Codefroy.  Dictionnaire  de  I'Anciennc  I^Angue  Fron9fti»c  du  ix  au  xv 
Siicle,  Paris,  1S9S,  vol.  9,  p.  593. 

*Magni  Rotuli  Scaccarii  Normannix;  t  15-17  in  the  Meinoircs  de  la  So- 
cictc  des  Antiquaires  de  la  Normandie,  Paris,  1S45. 

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In  the  early  part  of  the  thirteenth  century  Richard 
Fanyn  (Fanning)  received  grants  of  land  in  lUinratty, 
County  Ch'irc,  from  the  Earl  Marshal  of  Ireland,  Ix)rd  de 
Clare.  This  Richard  Fanninjj  afterwards  joined  Richard 
Marshal,  Earl  of  Pembroke,  in  a  rebellion  against  the 
king,  Henry  III.,  in  which  war  he  was  slain.  On  Septem- 
ber 30th,  1234,  the  king  granted  his  estates  to  Luke, 
Archbishop  of  Dublin,  "  to  hold  till  Richard's  [Fanning's] 
heirs  make  a  fine  with  the  King  for  his  transgression  in 
standing  against  the  King  in  that  war."' 

Walter  Fanning  was  one  of  twelve  commissioners  ap- 
pointed by  Henry  ill.  to  hold  an  inquisition  concerning 
charges  made  by  Donatus  O'Kcnnedy,  Bishop  of  Killaloe, 
of  the  alienation  of  certain  lands  at  Roscrea  belonging  to 
the  bishopric.  The  inquisition  was  held  at  Roscrea  on 
the  5th  of  July,  1245,  and  found  in  favor  of  the  bishop, 
and  the  lands  were  restored  to  him.* 

Richard  Fanning  was  one  of  an  influential  commission 
appointed  by  the  viceroy  (Sir  Geoffrey  de  Genevill), 
which  sat  in  Limerick  on  the  22d  of  November,  1275. 
This  commission,  which  consisted  of  twenty-four  members, 
presided  over  by  Lord  Eustace  de  Roche,  was  appointed 
to  inquire  into  certain  matters  touching  the  belter  govern- 
ment of  the  city  of  Limerick.* 

'^Calcnilnr  of  Documents  relating  to  Ireland  prcserred  In  Her  Majesty's 
Public  Kccord  OfTice,  Lomlciii,  1171-1251.  l£ilited  by  II.  S.  Swcetman, 
London,  1S75,  P-  3^«  '  Ibid.,  p.  41 1. 

'At  that  tiQie  the  inhabitants  of  the  city  of  Limerick  included,  besides  Irish 
and  Danish  families,  many  of  Welsh,  Norman,  Spanish,  Italian  and  English 
extraction.  In  1 197  the  city  was  {granted  a  charter  by  Prince  John  as  Lord  of 
Ireland,  by  which  the  freeholders  were  empowered  to  elect  annually  a  mayor, 
two  bailiffs  or  sheriflS|  aldehnen  and  burgesses  for  the  government  of  the  city. 

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This  Richard  Fanning  is  entered  on  the  records  under 
date  of  September  i8th,  128/9  as  a  free  tenant  of  the 
barony  of  Bu»ratty»  County  Clare,  possessing  two  and  a 
half  villatcs,*  and  bqe  townland  or  quarter  in  Balncvan  and 
B;ilyngil»  for  which  he  paid  a  crown-rent  of  eight  marks 
per  year.*  By  letters  patent  dated  26th  of  November, 
1279,  King  Edward  I.  granted  to  Thomas  Fanning,  son 
of  the  above  mentioned  Richard  Fanning,  half  a  knight's 
fee  in  the  lands  of  Gothementhan,  County  Kilkenny.* 

William  Fanning  is  recorded  as  an  extensive  landovmer 
in  ihc  barony  of  Connello,  County  Limerick,  in  13 10.* 

Richard  Fanning  is  recorded  as  a  landed  proprietor  in 
the  barony  of  Pubblebrien,  County  of  Limerick  in  I346.* 
John  Fanning  was  one  of  sin  influential  commission, 
deputed  in  1346,  to  examine  the  fitness  of  the  guardians  I 
of  the  peace  and  the  adequacy  of  the  array  of  grand  Jurors  \ 
for  the  County  of  Limerick/  j 

Simon  Fanning  is  recorded  as  a  landed  proprietor  of  ' 
the  County  of  Limerick  in  1355.^ 

Thomas  Fanning  is  recorded  as  a  landed  proprietor  of 
the  County  of  Limerick  in  1409-* 

Nicholas  Fanning  was  high  constable  of  the  barony  of 
Connello  in  1426.* 

Richard  Fanning  served  as  an  officer  under  Thomas, 
Ninth  Earl  of  Desmond,  during  the  Wars  of  the  Roses. 

'  A  villate  consisted  of  seven  townlaaib;  « townlaod  was  from  120  to  450 
seres  in  extent. 

*  Calendar  of  Oocumcnts,  etc.,  1285-1293.    Sweetman.    I^.  207,  208. 
'  Ibid.,  1252-12S4,  p.  325.  ^IbiiL,  1310,  p.  247, 

*  Records  ?f  Ireland,  Royal  Irish  Academy,  Vol.  ii.,  p.  21 6. 

*  D* Alton.    Illustrations  Historical  and  Genealogical  of  King  James's  Irish 
Army  List,  1CS9,  London,  1S61,  Vol.  n.,  p.  620.  *Ibid. 

'  Irish  .^rchieological  Society,  Vol.  V.  p.  146.  *Ilnd.  p.  379. 


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He  died  of  wounds  received  at  the  battle  of  Wexford  in 

David  I^'tnniiig  was  aiiscssor  of  the  city  of  Limerick  in 

Walter  FanninR;  is  reconled  as  a  landed  proprietor  in 
the  barony  of  Pubblcbrion  in  1501.  He  was  high  con- 
stable in  1499.* 

Richard  Fanning  is  mentioned  among  the  officers  slain 
at  the  battle  of  Mourne  Abbey  in  August,  1521.  This 
battle  was  fought  between  the  forces  of  the  Earl  of  Des- 
mond and  those  of  the  allied  chieftains  of  South  Munster 
under  McCarthy  More.  Desmond  was  defeated  with  the 
loss  of  over  one  thousand  slain,  including  the  Farl's  uncles, 
John  and  Gerald,  and  many  of  his  leading  officers/ 

Simon  Fanning  is  recorded  in  1532  as  possessing  es- 
tates in  the  barony  of  Pubblebrien.*  He  held  the  offices  of 
high  constable  of  that  barony  in  1540,  and  alderman  of 
the  city  of  Limerick.* 

*  Stubbs.  Chronicles  of  the  Middle  Ages,  p.  367.  It  may  not  be  out  of 
place  to  state  here  that  Karl  Thomas  of  Desmond,  like  nil  the  Gcraldines,  was 
a  staunch  supporter  of  the  IIoui»c  of  York.  He  was  a  grvut  favorite  wtA  one 
of  the  chief  advisers  of  Kin;;  Edward  I  v.  When  that  monarch  was  seated  on 
the  throne  he  consulted  Desmond  as  to  the  best  means  of  sccurin;;  the  perma- 
nency of  what  he  hmt  gained  by  the  swortl.  'i'hc  Karl  advised  liiui  lo  put 
awtiy  his  ipiccn,  the  Lady  Kli/.abcth  Grey,  as  a  means  of  eoncilialing  (he  pow* 
erful  l£iirl  of  Warwick  then  in  urnnt  n(;nim(t  Kilwtird.  Thi!*  coniin|»  (o  (lie  ears 
of  the  queen,  she  and  her  adherents  conspired  to  destroy  Karl  lliomas.  When 
he  arrived  in  Ireland  he  was  seized  on  a  charge  of  treason  and,  after  a  mock 
trial,  beheaded  at  Droghcda  in  1467.  The  King,  when  apprised  of  the  fate 
of  his  favorite,  took  immediate  and  stringent  measures  for  the  punbhment  of 
the  conspirators;  doubtless  urged  thereto  by  the  four  sons  of  Desmond  who 
flew  to  arms  to  avenge  their  father's  death. 

*Lenihan.     Limerick :  its  History  and  Antiquities,  p.  139. 

*  Records  of  Ireland,  Vol.  ni.,  pp.  87,  154. 

*0*Daly.  The  Rise,  Increase,  and  Exit  of  the  Geraldincs.  Translated  by 
C.  P.  Mcehan.     Second  edition,  Dublin,  1878,  p.  48. 

'State  Papers,  Hardy,  1532,  p.  371,  "Ibid.,  1540,  p.  298. 

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Sir  Gerald  Aylmer,  Viceroy  of  Ireland,  visited  Limerick 
on  the  13th  of  February,  1542,  and  appointed  a  commis- 
siofi  of  eighteen  free  and  lawful  men  to  inquire  into  the 
disposal  of  the  property  of  the  suppressed  monasteries. 
r.jtrick  and  William  Fanning  (both  aldermen)  served  on 
this  commission,  which  found  that  Alderman  Simon  Fan- 
ning held  three  acres  of  land  in  the  Liberties  of  Limerick 
in  fee  simple,  from  the  prior  of  Kilmainham.  It  also  found 
that  Tatrick  Fanning  held  a  house  in  Creagh  lane  from  the 
^arnc  priof.* 

This  commission  also  took  into  consideration  the  com- 
plaints of  the. merchants  of  Limerick  against  the  tributes 
levied  by  the  O'Cahaines  of  Kilrush,  the  O'Connors  of 
I'oyncs,  and  the  possessor  of  every  castle  between  Lim- 
erick and  the  sea.  They  instanced  the  exhorbitant  trib- 
ute of  six  shillings  and  sixpence  levied  on  John  Fanning's 
ship  by  Shickus  O'Cahaineof  Kilrush  on  the  loth  of  the 
preceding  December.*  This  sum  may  seem  at  the  present 
lime  an  insignificant  tribute,  but  gold  and  silver  were  very 
scarce  in  the  reign  of  Henry  VIII.  A  baron  of  the  Court 
of  Kxchcqucr  received  at  that  time  only  £.\6,  i^s,  ^d  per 

Nicholas  Fanning  was  appointed  to  the  office  of  Clerk 
of  the  Pleas  of  the  JCxchc(|ucr  on  the  271I1  of  December, 
1541,  and  on  the  accession  of  lidward  VI.  the  office  was 
confirmed  to  him  on  the  28th  of  April,  I547-' 

Thomas  Fanning  was  treasurer  to  Gerald,  sixteenth  Earl 
of  Desmond,  popularly  known  as  Garrett  More  or  the 
Great.  This  Earl  Gerald  was  the  most  powerful  subject 
in  the  Hritish  Islands.    He  held  sway  over  a  territory  one 

*  Lcnihan.  Limerick :  its  History  and  Antiquities,  second  edition,  Dublin, 
I W4,  i»|i.  89,  90.  •  Ibid. 

'Calciular  of  tlic  Patent  and  Qose  Rolls  of  Chancery  in  Ireland.  Morrin. 
Dublin,  i86i~2,  vol.  I.,  pp.  6S,  X41. 

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hundred  .iiid  fifty  miles  \o\\^  niul  fifty  miles  wide,  and  con- 
taining over  six  hundred  lliousahd  acres.  His  jurisdiction 
was  acknowledged  by  chiefs  anil  nobles  of  high  degree; 
he  kept  five  Iiundred  knights  in  his  service,  and  ruled  like 
an  independent  prince,  paying  only  nominal  allegiance  to 
his  sovereign; 

In  March,  \^^'^^  Onoria,  the  daughter  of  Earl  Gerald 
and  the  Countess  of  Desmond,  was  espoused  to  the  son  of 
McCarthy  More.  By  direction  of  the  Earl,  his  treasurer, 
Thomas  Fanning,  sent  letters  by  a  messenger  (Robert 
Remon)  to  Queen  Mary  apprising  her  of  the  espousal  and 
requesting  her  sanction  of  the  union.* 

In  157s  Thomas  Fanning  negotiated  and  was  one  of  the 
witnesses  to  the  assignment  of  the  castle  and  manor  of 
Inchiquin,  near  Youghal,  to  the  Earl  of  Desmond,  by  Lady 
Katherine,  the  dowager  Countess  of  Desmond.' This  Lady 
Katherine  was  born  in  1464,  married  in  1483  her  kinsman 
Thomas,  who  afterwards  became  the  twelfth  Earl  of  Des- 
mond, and  died  in  1604  in  the  140th  year  of  her  age. 
Sydney,  Earl  of  Leicester,  thus  quaintly  describes  the 
death  of  this  famous  lady:  "Shec  might  have  lived  much 
longer  had  slice  not  melt  with  a  kind  of  violent  dcalh  ;  for 
shce  must  needs  climl)  a  nult-tree,  to  gather  nutls,  soe, 
falling  down,  shce  hurt  her  tliigh,  which  brought  a  fever, 
and  that  brought  death."* 

The  Thomas  I'anning  here  mentioned  resided  in  You- 
ghal. He  witnessed  the  deed  of  assignment  made  by  the 
Lady  Katherine  to  the  Earl  of  Desmond,  which  was  re- 
corded in  the  Court  of  Exchequer,  Dublin,  in  1587. 

*  Calendar  of  the  State  Papers  relating  to  Ireland,  etc.,  1509-1573.    llamfl- 
ton.  London,  1S60,  p.  143. 

*  Burke.    Vicissitudes  of  Families,  2d  series.    London,  i860,  p.  409. 
?Ibid.,  p.  416. 

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There  was  «inothcr  Thomas  Fanning,  a  clergyman  and 
treasurer  of  Limerick  Cathedral  from  I  $57  to  1583,  who 
resided  In  the  city  of  Limerick.* 

Clement  Fanning  was  elected  sheriff  of  the  city  of  Lim-     ; 
crick  in.  1 55 1  •   In  1 554  he  went  to  Paris  in  behalf  of  some 
Limerick  merchants  who  had  been  despoiled  of  their  goods 
by  French  pirates.     Writing  to  Queen  Mary,  under  date 
of  3ii  of  October,  1554,  Dr.  Wotton,  the  English  envoy, 
says:  "I  obtained  judgment  for  some  Irishmen  of  Lim-     I 
crick  for  whom  one  Clement  Fanning  is  solicitor  here  by    j 
which  sentence  the  King  himself  and  the  Duchess  of  Va-     i 
Icntinois  arc  condemned   for  some    part    of   the  goods    \ 
spoiled  which  came  to  their  use."*      Clement   Fanning    i 
served  as  mayor  of  Limerick  in  1557-8.      Among  the 
decrees  recorded  during  his  term  was  one  dated  12th  of 
May,  1558,  in  the  suit  of  Christopher  Creagh   against 
George  Roch  Fitz-Jurdaine,  touching  injury  done  by  de-    ■ 
fcndant  to  plaintiff's  "  great  stone-house."   A  warrant  was 
issued  by  the  said  mayor  to  put  the  decree  into  execution. 
George  Sexton,  the  sheriff,  records  the  execution  on  the    ; 
same  date.*      In   1559  Clement  Fanning  was  chosen  to 
represent  the  city  of  Limerick  in  the  Irish  Fariiament.* 
On  the  14th  of  September,  1561,  a  writ  kA  tMimus  potcs-    \ 
tatcm  was  directed  to  him  and  Kdward  yVrlliur  to  examine 
such  witnesses  as  Peter  White  should  produce  to  certain 
Inlcrrogatories  annexed  in  perpcUtam  rci  incmoriam  con- 

^  Uredy.  Episcopal  Succcation  In  Englaiul,  Scotland  and  In:1aml»  vol.  nu 
p.  29. 

•Calcndnr  of  Slate  Papers,  Foreign  Scries,  of  the  Rcign  of  Mary,  155  j- 
155*.    Edited  by  WiUiam  B.  TurnbuU.    London,  1861,  p.  123- 

'Calendar  of  the  Patent  and  Close  Rolls  of  Chancery  in  Ireland.  Morrin. 
Dublin,  1861-2,  vol.  I.,  p.  393. 

^Lcnihan.  Limerick  1  its  History  and  Antiquities.  Second  etlition,  Dub- 
lin. 18S4,  p.  741. 

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ccrning  his  right  to  two  water-mills  on  the  Shannon  be- 
queathed to  hini  by  Fvathcrinc  Arthur,  widow  of  Edmund 
Lang.  The  evidence  in  ihis  c;ise  is  given  at  length  in  the 
chancery  records  of  the  lime.* 

Clement  Fanning  suffered  heavy  loss  of  property  by  the 
rebellion  of  the  Earl  of  Desmond.     During  his  first  re- 
bellion the  Earl  was  wounded  and  taken  prisoner  in   a 
battle  fought  near  Lismore  in   1573.     Queen  Elizabeth, 
finding  that  the  war  was  still  succcssfidly  prosecuted  by 
James  lMt/.niauricc,  Desmond's  able  general,  and  fearing 
it  might  spread  through  the  whole  of  Ireland,  released 
him  in  1574  on  his  assurance  of  good  will  and  fealty  to 
her  in  all  things  that  did  not  conflict  with  his  duty  to  God. 
The  Earl  being  again  suspected  of  rebellious  designs,  or 
the  English  government  deeming  the  time  propitious  to 
destroy  his  power,  the  Lord  Justice,  Sir  William  Pelham, 
was  ordered  to  visit  his  dominions.     Pelham  arrived  in 
the  City  of  Limerick  in  October,   1579.     Here    he   was 
waited  on  by  Nicholas  Stritch,  the  mayor,  who  presented 
him  a  thousand  well  armed  citizens.     With  this  force  Sir 
William  marched  to  Fanningstown  (then  the  property  of 
Clement  I'annint;),  where  he  encamped,  using  the  cas- 
tle as  his  headquarters.      He  immediately  dis()'atclied  a 
letter  to  the  Earl  of  Desmond  (then  at  Askeaton)  requir- 
ing his  presence  at  Fanningstown.    In  reply  the  Earl  sent 
his  Countess  with  the  following  letter: 

Askeiten^  2y  October^  ^579* 

The  Earl  of  Desmond  to  Lord  Jusiice  Pkuiam, 

I  have  received  your  letter.    As  I  cannot  presently 
repair  lo  your  Ilonuur,  I  have  sent  my  wife  to  declare  the  causes 

'Calendar  uf  the  Patent  and  CIobc  Rulls  of  Chancery  In  Ireland. 
Dublin,  xS6z-2,  vol.  1.,  pp.  46S,  9. 


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of  my  present  stay,  and  how  roy  country  has  been  burnt  and 
fjHiilcd,  my  castles  taken,  and  myself  misused  by  Sir  Nicholas 
Mailiic.  Signed:        Desmond.* 

The  causes  stated  by  the  Countess  did  not  prove  satis- 
factory to  the  Lord  Justice  and  his  Council,  They  forth- 
wjlh  proclaimed  Gerald,  Earl  of  Desmond,  a  rebel.  On 
ihc  J7th  of  October,  1579,  the  following  proclamation 
was  issued  to  the  people  of  the  province  of  Munstcr: 

A  letter  given  at  our  camp  at  Fanningstown  from  the  Lord 
Justice  and  Council  to  sundry  men  in  Munster.  These  are  to 
require  you  to  put  yourself  and  your  whole  forces  in  readiness  to 
serve  her  Majesty  upon  one  hour's  warning. 

Signed :        W.  Pelham, 

Tho.  Ormound^ 

Ni.  Malbie, 

Ed.  Waterhouse.* 

On  the  same  day  letters  were  dispatched  to  the  noble- 
men, chief  gentlemen  and  towns  of  Munstcr  requiring 
them  to  join  the  Lord  Justice  at  Kanningstown  with  their 
furccs.  On  the  28th  of  October  letters  to  the  same  pur- 
port were  sent  to  the  mayor  of  Limerick  and  Sir  Jnmcs 
Filz-Gcrald  of  Imukilly.^ 

A  war  ensued  which  lasted  four  years,  during  which  the 
territory  of  Desmond  was  reduced  to  a  state  of  desolation. 
At  length,  after  his  army  was  destroyed  or  dispersed,  the 
old  Earl  and  his  Countess  sought  safety  with  a  few  of  his 
attendants  among  the  mountains  of  Kerry,  with  a  price 
set  on  his  head.  In  this  retreat  he  was  discovered  in 
November,  1583,  and  immediately  killed  and  decapitated. 

*Caleiiaar  of  the  Carew  MoQuscriptt,  1575-1588,  Londoo,  1868,  p.  i6o. 
•I bill.,  |>.  159.  'Ibid^  pp.  159,  160. 

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His  head  was  sent  to  Loudon  and  [ilaccd  on  a  spike  in  an 
iron  cage  on  the  Tower.* 

The  vast  territory  of  Desmond  was  tlicreupon  confisca- 
ted and  divided  anionjj;  the  olFiccrs  of  the  ICnylish  army 
and  certain  persons  called  adventurers  because  they  had 
adventured  or  advanced  funds  for  the  prosecution  of  the 

The  confiscation  of  Fan'ninpstown  was  contested  by 
Clement  Fanning,  who  took  no  part  in  the  rebellion,  on  the 
plea  that  Fanningstown  was  entailed  on  him  as  heir-at-law 
and  that  it  was  not  held  directly  from  the  Karl  of  Des- 
mond. His  pleading  was  unsuccessful,  the  Court  deciding 
that  the  rights  of  the  Queen  superseded  and  were  para- 
mount to  any  claim  he  could  produce.  On  the  4th  of 
March,  1589,  Edward  Mainwaring  of  Cheshire,  England, 
was  granted  the  Castle  and  2,400  acres  of  the  lands 
of  Fanningstown  manor.  William  Candish,  of  the  same 
shire,  was  granted  the  townlands  of  Castle,  Cloghtach  and 
the  rest  in  Poblcbrian  amounting  to  2000  acres.* 

We  have  no  record  of  the  other  Fannings  whose  lands 
were  confiscated  at  this  period,  the  custom  being  to  oust 
the  proprietors  and  install  the  new  settlers  without  any 
process  i>f  law.  ' 

Fanningstown  was  one  of  the  castles  abandoned  by  the 
English  in  1598,  during  the  rebellion  headed  by  Hugh 
O'Neil,  Earl  of  Tyrone.  Of  this  the  Lord  Deputy  com- 
plains bitterly  in  the  following  words:*  **I  marvel  at  him 

>  O'Daly.  I1ie  Rise,  Increase,  and  Exit  of  the  Geraldines.  I^ranslated  by 
C.  P.  Mcchan.    Second  edition,  Dublin,  1878,  pp.  123,  4. 

•Oilemlar  of  the  State  Papers  relating  to  Ireland,  1588-1593.  Hamilton. 
London,  18S5,  p.  133. 

'Calendar  of  the  State  Papers  relating  to  Ireland,  1 598-1 599.  Atkinson. 
London,  1895,  P-  325. 

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[William  Maimvaring]  more  than  iit  all  the  rest,  consider- 
ing his  old  occupation  in  England,  acquainted  with  all 
robbers  and  thieves  in  the  land,  th<nt  the  rebels  in  Ireland, 
bruu{;hC  up  in  the  same  school,  would  not  favour  him,  or 
at  least  that  he  had  none  of  his  school-points  to  defend 

I'rom  the  Mainwaring  family  Fanningstown  passed  into 
ihc  possession  of  the  family  of  Jackson,  originally  of  Dud- 
dington,  Northamptonshire.  Hamilton  Llewellyn  Jackson, 
having  succeeded  to  the  Gould  estates  of  Upwcy,  Dorset- 
sliire,  changed  his  name  to  Hamilton  Llewellyn  Gould  by 
royal  license  dated  20th  of  April,  1871.  On  his  death  23d 
of  April,  i873x  his  son  George  Thomas  Ingelheim  Gould 
succeeded  to  the  estates  of  Upwey  and  Fanningstown.^ 

Clement  Fanning  had  a  son  Patrick  Fanning,*  who  will 
be  referred  to  later. 

George  Fanning,  son  of  Alderman  William  Fanning, 
was  elected  sheriff  of  the  City  of  Limerick  in  1564, 
and  served  as  mayor  during  two  terms,  being  chosen  to 
that  office  in  1572  and  1588.  During  his  first  term  the 
Desmond  war  commenced  and  was  the  cause  of  great  dis- 
tress to  the  city.  On  the  rst  of  September,  1572,  Mayor 
I'anniiig  wrole  to  the  Lord  President  of  Munster,  apprising 
him  that  "James  Fitzmaurice,  Ulick,  son  of  the  Earl  of 
Clanrycard,  Shane  M'Oliverus,  and  a  great  force  passed 
the  Shannon  with  O'Madden's  assistance." • 

'  Uurke.    A  GencalogicAl  and  Heraldic  History  of  the  Landed  Gcntij  of 
Orcai  Britain  and  Ireland.    London,  1879,  vol.  I.,  p.  668. 

•O' I  fart.    Irtili  Pcdii^recs,  third  edition,  p.  454.  . 
'Calendar  of  the  State  Papers  relalini;  to  Ireland^  1 509-1 573. 
l^ndom  i860,  p.  482. 



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In  1583  George  raiiiiing  applied  to  the  Lord  President 
for  relief  from  the  exactions  of  coyne  and  livery  to  which 
his  tenants  were  subjixlod.  The  following  proclamation 
was  tliereu|K)n  issnei!  fnmi  Innis,  nnder  the  signet  of  ihc 
Province,  on  the  23d  of  June,  1583  : 

"The  Governor  and  Council  of  Connaught  and  Thomond  to 
the  Earl  of  Thomond,  the  ShcrifTand  Uu(h:r  Sheriff  of  Clare,  and 
the  Seneschall  of  Daiigenyvigiu ;  forbidding  them  to  exact  br 
impose  on  the  lands  of  Ballycharaghe  and  Lysmoltyne  any  kind 
of  imposition,  cess,  coyne  or  livery  for  themselves,  their  men, 
horses  or  hoys;  <'ie«)ri;e  Kainiing,  of  F.ihierick,  having  c'oni|il:iincd 
that  they  had  cxactutl  meat,  drink,  money  and  divers  other 
charges,  whereby  the  lands  were  made  waste  and  the  tenants 
driven  to  fly  and  depart,  to  his  great  hindrance  and  undoing ; 
and  Fanning  is  authorized  to  resist  the  imposition  by  all  the  good 
means  in  his  power. 

Nicholas  Malbie,      Thomas  Dvllon,        Thomas  Arthur, 
D.  Thomond,  Anthony  Brab.\20n,  Merbury."  * 

In  15S8  the  seaports  of  Ireland  were  alarmed  by  the 
appearance  of  Spanish  warships  on  the  coast.  George 
Fanninij,  then  mayor  of  LiaicricU  for  the  second  time, 
wrote  to  the  iiKiyor  of  VVatorfurd  informing  him  of  llic 
appearance  of  sonu?  Spanish  vessels  off  the  western  coast. 
On  the  1 2th  of  September  he  received  a  letter  from 
Nicholas  Cahanc  of  Kilrush,  coroner  for  Clare,  apprising 
him  of  the  wreck  of  two  Spanish  ships  and  the  departure 
of  the  others,  and  requesting  his  worship's  good  favor 
with  the  Lord  Deputy  for  his  (Cahane's)  advancement. 
At  midnight  of  the  same  date   Mayor   Fanning   sc»'t   a 

'  Calendar  of  the  Patent  and  Qosc  Rolls  of  Chancery  in  Ireland.     Morrin. 
Dublin,  1 86 1-2,  vol.  11.,  p.  77. 

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(iispatth  to  the  mayor  of  Waterford  acquainting  him  with 
the  "happy  news  of  the  departure  of  the  Spaniards/'* 

In  the  settlement  of  Thomond  in  1585  George  Fanning 
was  one  of  tliose  who  signed  an  indenture  by  which  the 
lords  spiritual  and  temporal,  chieftains,  gentlemen,  etc., 
agreed  to  hold  their  lands  direct  from  the  crown,  Sir  John 
Tcrrott,  Lord  President  of  Munster,  acting  on  behalf  of 
the  Queen,  The  ancient  custom  was  to  hold  title  from 
the  great  territorial  barons  and  chieftains,  they  holding 
title  from  the  sovereign.' 

Alderman  James  Fanning,  who  was  mayor  of  Limerick  in 
1584,  returned  from  a  voyage  to  Spain  in  1591.  Accord- 
ing to  the  laws  and  custom  of  the  time  he  was  examined 
by  the  government  authorities,  tiie  examination  being  held 
on  the  6th  of  May,  when  he  gave  the  following  informa- 
tion : — ^The  bishops  of  Spain  are  appointed  to  raise  6,000 
horsemen  and  a  number  of  footmen  to  march  by  land  to 
France  to  aid  the  Leaguers  against  the  King.  A  subsidy 
of  eight  millions  is  to  be  levied  upon  all  the  inhabitants  of 
Spain  yearly  for  six  years.  Thirteen  millions  of  gold 
arrived  from  the  Indies.  The  King  of  Spain  will  not  ven- 
ture the  gold  by  sea  for  fear  of  ICnj;lislunen.  An  Knirlish 
ship  bearing  the  Flemish  colors  was  laden  with  about 
twelve  cannon  at  Cadiz  and  stole  away  from  that  port 
with  the  booty.  Sickness  in  Spain  by  reason  of  the  cold. 
Three  English  ships  were  assaulted  by  seven  galleys. 
Sonie  out  of  the  galleys  boarded  one  of  the  ships,  and 
the  captain  fired  his  ship  and  was  burned,  but  some  of 
the  seamen  escaped  to  the  galleys  and  were  discharged. 

'  Calendar  of  the  State  Papers  relating  to  Ireland,  I58S-I592.  Hamiltoiu 
Ixindun,  1885,  p.  38. 

'Calendar  of  the  Patent  and  Close  Rolls  of  Chancery  In  Ireland.  Morrio. 
DuUUn,  1861-2,  vol.  n.,  p.  138. 

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Bartholomew  Stackpoll,  merchant  of  Limerick,   agreed 
with  the  aforesaid  James  Kamiing.* 

Patrick  Fanning,  son  of  Clement  Fanning  of  Fannings- 
town,  was  elected  sheriff  of  the  city  of  Limerick  in  1576.* 
An  inquisition  taken  at  Sixmilcbridge,  County  Clare,  on 
the  3d  of  April,  1626,  found  that  Patrick  Fanning  died  on 
the  1st  of  Juiie,  1612,  being  then  owner  of  IJallyarrily 
(Mount  Ivers)  and  of  Ballynevan,  in  the  County  Clare, 
and  found  that  Clement  Fanning,  his  son  and  heir,  of  full 
age,  assigned  these  lands  to  Thomas  Rourke  and  Philip 

Clement  Fanning,  son  of  Patrick  I^'anning,  was  elected 
sheriflT  of  Limerick  in  1595,  and  mayor  in  1610.*  He  had 
sons  Simon,  Edward  and  Francis.  Edward,  the  second  son 
of  Clement  Fanning,  had  a  daughter  Phyllis,  who  married 
James  Rice  of  Ballymuddel,  who  died  24th  of  February, 
i636.'  The  issue  of  this  marriage  was  eight  sons  and 
three  daughters.  Sir  Stephen  Rice,  the  fifth  son,  was 
bred  to  the  law  and  became  a  Baron  of  the  Court  of  Ex- 
chequer on  the  1st  of  June,  1686,  and  Chief  Baron  of 
that  Court  on  the  iith  of  April,  1687.  From  him  the 
present  Lord  Monleagle  (Spring-Kice)  is  descended.* 

*CuIciHtnr  uf  ilic  Stale  rapcrji  relntiii);  to  Irctniul,  15SS-1593.     UaiuiUon. 
London,  1SS5,  p.  392. 
'  Lcnihaii.    Limerick :  its  Plbtory,  etc.,  second  edition,  p.  699, 
'Frost.    The  History  and  Topography  of  the  County  of  Clare.     Dublin, 

l893»  p.  309. 

^Lenihan.    Limerick:   its  History,  etc^  second  edition,  pp.  700,  701. 

•Ibid.,  pp.  115,308. 

*  An  Edward  Fanning  of  Limerick,  perhaps  a  son,  made  his  will  some  time  In 
February,  26S5,  with  bis  own  hands,  the  witnw^scs  being  Andrew  Power,  John 
Croagh  and  Robert  Croagh,  in  which  he  bequeathed  all  his  real  and  personal 
estate  to  Sir  Stephen  Rice,  next  of  kin,  etc.,  but  the  will  was  lost.  Six  articles 
-were  exhibited  against  Stephen  Rice,  the  sole  devisee  (on  his  propounding 

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Kdward  Faixning  had  a  son  Nicholas,  who  was  sheriff 
ii)  1623  and  mayor  pf  Umerick  1630.*  He  is  referred  to 
in  Simon  Fanning's  will  in  1636  as  Alderman  Nicholas 
Fanning  (Fitz-Edward),  and  by  the  provisions  of  the  will 
WAS  made  one  of  the  '•overseers"  to  the  executors.' 

After  the  confiscation  of  his  landed  property  he  was 
transplanted  to  Connaught  in  1653-4.* 

Simon  Fanning,  the  eldest  son  and  heir  of  Clement 
Fanning,  married  Joan,  daughter  of  Dominick  Arthur 
of  Limerick.*  He  served  as  sheriff  in  1600,  and  was 
elected  to  the  mayoralty  in  1615.  He  resided  in  Limerick 
in  St.  Mary's  Parish.  His  "stone-house"  was  bounded 
on  the  cast  by  Francis  Fanning's  stone-house,  on  the  west 
by  John  Stritch's  stone-house,  on  the  north  by  Creagh's 
land,  and  on  the  south  by  Edmund  Fanning's  lands.*  An 
inquisition  held  at  Limerick  by  Sir  John  Davies,  the  King's 
Attorney-General,  on  the  18th  of  March,  1615,  found  that 
Simon  Fanning  was  possessed  of  part  of  the  lands  of  Rat- 
wyrd,  Gortcardbohcr,  Gortrcbowley,  Ralhgreylan  and  Ard- 
ncvcdogc,  being  part  of  forty  ploiiglilands  which    were 

tlic  will),  tu  vrhkii  lio  iiccin:!  tu  Imvo  |:ivcii  »»li2if.iclory  rc|>Iir^  niul  mlniiniii- 
lr«tiuii  wiia  KriuiicU  lu  liiin  u»  Sir  Stc|>I)cii  Kicc,  KiiIk^i^  >*(*«(  ii**^^  *''  !»(**•  **" 
12\  v(  Hccciiilmr,  kW;;.— [I'ilc:*  of  rublic  Kecunl  udtcc,  OuMiiiJ. 

*  Lcnthaii.    J Jmcrick :  its  History,  etc.,  secoiul  edition,  p.  702. 

*  Vide  copy  of  Simon  Fanning's  will  in  Appendix. 

'lu  the  tUcs  of  the  PubUc  Record  Office,  Dublin,  is  the  will  of  Nicholas 
hannini;  of  Lcspopcll,  dated  5th  January,  1659,  probated  15th  April,  i60o. 
It  uicutions  roster  son  Bartholomew  Lynch,  son-in-law  Nicholas  Gallon,  eldest 
sun  and  eldest  daughter  of  Bartholomew  Lynch,  Patrick  Fanning,  Margaret 
Cunnell,  Richard  Bcrmcngom.  lie  directs  that  his  body  be  buried  in  <«  St. 
Andrew's  Church,  Wcspalstown"  (the  Parish  of  Westpalstown,  now  included 
In  Uonniethan  and  the  NauU  County  Dublin  North).  Whether  this  Nichobs 
was  Edward's  son  is  not  apparent 

•O'liarl.    Irish  Pedigrees,  third  edition,  p.  455. 


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granted  by  Henry  \\\.  to  tlie  Leper  Hospital,  and  which 
on  the  suppression  of  the  monasteries  and  other  religious 
houses  reverted  to  the  crown.*  On  May  lOth,  163 1,  he 
obtained  permission  IVi)m  tlic  Court  of  Exchequer  to  sell 
the  lands  uf  I'arkc  and  liallymackinc  in  the  County  of 
Limerick  to  Thomas  Power  of  Limerick,'  Simon  Fanning 
died  on  the  7th  of  March,  xtid'-T,  leaving  five  sons:*  (i) 
Dominick;  (2)  John^  who  married  Mary,  daughter  of 
Patrick  Hogan  of  KiUamcna,  County  Chire;  (3)  Jkutholo- 
mew;  (4)  Richard;  (5)  James,  who  married  Katherine, 
daughter  uf  Alderman  Michael  Stritch*  of  Limerick;  and 
two  daughters,  Joan  and  Anne,*  one  uf  whom  married 
James  Strilch  lMl/.-William. 

There  was  a  Thomas  Mtz-VVilliam  Fanning  who  was 
one  of  the  Civil  Survey  jurors  appointed  in  1635  by  the 
Earl  of  Strafford  (then  Viceroy)  to  inquire  into  the  titles 
by  which  the  landowners  of  the  County  Clare  held  their 
estates.*  In  1652  he  was  one  of  the  assessors  appointed  by 
the  Corporation  of  Limerick  to  apportion  the  exhorbitant 
taxes  levied  on  the  city  for  the  support  of  the  Cromwellian 

^Lcnihan.     Limerick:  its  History,  etc., second  edition,  pp.  138,  139. 

*  Calendar  of  the  Patent  ami  CIusc  Rolls  ofCImncery  in  freland  of  llse  Kei|;n 
of  Charles  I.     Morrin,     DuMIn,  1^63,  p.  579. 

'Vide  copy  of. Simon  l*nnniiiK*s  will  in  Appendix. 

^Maurice  Lenihan,  in  his  History  of  Limerick,  says:  •*Tlie  Whiles,  the 
Crea|;hs,  anil  the  Stritehes  have  played  o  reniarknble  part  in  the  history  of 
Limerick,  Clonmel,  and  Waterford.  •  .  •  John  Stritch,  a  gentleman  of  i 
fair  character  and  inheritance,  was  forced  to  depart  the  town  of  Genes  in  ' 
Italy  by  reason  of  the  great  spoyle  and  pillage  done  to  the  said  town  by  the 
Saracens  and  Infidels,  /V.  D.  933;  and  Henry  I.  being  the  Emperor  of  Rome, 
the  said  John,  with  his  wife  and  four  sons,  came  from  Paris  in  France  and 
there  died.  In  process  of  time  his  children  and  offspring  came  to  Rouen  in 
Normandy,  from  thence  into  England,  and  part  of  them  came  to  Ireland." 

*0'Hart.     Irish  Pedigrees,  third  edition,  p.  455. 

*  Lenihan.    Limerick :  its  History,  etc.,  second  edition,  p.  145. 

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army.'    Whether  he  was  a  nephew  of  Simon  Fanning  or 
not  is  qnknown. 

AWcrniAn  Francis  Fanning,  the  third  son  of  Clement; 
served  as  sheriff  in  1632—3,  and  as  mayor  of  Limerick  in 
1644.*  During  his  incumbency  of  the  mayoralty  he  re- 
ceived the  following  letter  from  the  Marquis  of  Ormond, 
H'ho  was  desirous  of  gaining  his  adherence: 

"Sir, — I  have  from  several  good  hands,  and  now  lately  from 
my  cousm  Colonel  John  Barry,  received  assurance  of  the  good 
affections  that  you  and  very  many  of  that  Corporation  bcarc  to 
the  King's  service  and  to  the  peace  of  your  coulry,  from  which 
)'uu  have  not  been  witlulrawcn  by  iM\y  (hreat.s  or  pressures.  I 
houlil  It  thervfurc  my  part  not  only  in  his  Majcslios  name  to 
give  yon  thanks  for  your  expressed  redyness  and  fidelity  to  his 
Crownc  and  service,  but  alsoe  to  assure  you  that,  whether  the 
present  Treaty  shall  end  in  peace  or  warr  you  shall  find  tlie  fmits 
of  your  legal  resolutions  (if  you  persist  therein)  in  his  Majestie's 
gracious  favour  and  powerfull  protection,  and  I  shall  accoumpt 
niysclfe  very  happy  to  be  the  instrument  of  conveying  these  ben- 
efits unto  you ;  all  which  I  desire  you  to  make  knowen  from  me 
to  such  as  you  shall  think  fit.  And  soe  rest  your  very  affection- 
ate frond, —  Ormonde. 

"His  Majestie's  Castle  of  Dublin,  the  15th  of  July,  1645. 

"Since  I  concluded  my  letter,  Sir  Mawrice  ICustacc  shewed 
nice  a  cofiy  of  the  voles  of  that  Corponii:iou,  whereof  I  intend 
forthwith  to  transmit  a  coppy  to  his  Majcslie. 

"To  our  trusty  and  well-beloved  Francis   Fanning,  Esqr., 
Mayor  of  the  City  of  Limbrick."  • 

At  the  time  of  the  Confiscations  in  1653-54  Francis 
Fanning's  estates  were  forfeited,  and  he  received  sentence 

'  Unihan.    Limerick:  iU  History,  etc^  second  edition,  p.  185. 

•  Unil.,  p.  702. 

*  ndiinj;*.    History  of  the  Irish  Confederation,  vol.  iv.,  pp.  356-7. 

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of  transplantation  to  Connatij^lit.  His  name  is  found  among 
the  *' Transplanters'  Certificates"  of  persons  transplanted 
in  Ireland  A.  1).  1653-54  for  tlic  City  and  County  of  Lim- 
erick, on  flic  in  the  I'ublic  Record  Office,  Diibhn.* 

I'^rancis  had  a  son  Jidward  or  Kdniund  (the  names 
Edward,  Edmund  and  JCdniond  arc  synonymous)  who 
also  received  sentence  of  transplantation  at  the  same  time, 
and  whose  name  appears  among  the  Connaught  Ccrtifi* 
cates  preserved  in  the  Oflice  of  the  Chief  Remembran- 
cer of  the  Exchequer,  Dublin.*  His  name  is  given  in 
the  list  as  Edward  Fitz-Francis  Fanning.* 

This  Edward  or  Edmund  Fanning,  son  of  the  above- 
mentioned  Francis  Fanning,  ex-Mayor  of  Limerick,  emi- 
grated in  1653  or  soon  after  to  America  and  settled  in 
Connecticut.*  He  was  the  ancestor  of  this  American 
branch  of  the  Family. 

"O'Hart.    Irish  Landed  Gentry,  second  edition,  p.  331.        'Ibid.,  p.  363. 

'  Fitz-Francis  means  son  of  Francis,  Fitz  in  French  or  Norman  meaning 
"son  of."  J 

^'Iliis  is  on  the  aulhurity  of  John  0*>lart,  the  cmiticht  Irish  antiquary    j 
and  writer,  author  of  **  Irish  Pedigrees,"  "Irish  rinded  CIcntry,"  etc.,  now    ■ 
residing  in  his  dcclinin]^  years  at  Clunlurr,  Ireland.     lie  writes  tlie  Coiii|>ilcr 
of  this  volume  that  in  his  researches  )ic  has  hccn  unahlc  to  find  uny  record 
of  .1  will  of  Simon  Kunniii>;'.H  fnthcr  or  ^randfatlicr. 

.Sim(m*H  will  nicniiiiiis  I'Vaut'ls  J'^niiidiiK**  i»luiic*huiiiic  ns  iMMtndiiig  his 
(Simon's)  on  the  cast,  hut  the  will  makes  no  mention  of  Kdwanl  or  Kdmond, 
son  of  Francis,  Nor  did  I'Vaticis  leave  a  will.  But  Cromwell  liaving  confis- 
cated the  properly  of  l-'rancis,  he  had  evidently  nothing  to  will  after  1653  when 
we  find  his  name  among  the  Connaught  Certificates. 

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potniiiick  Fanning,  the  eldest  son  and  heir  of  Simon 
l-'ahning,  married  Kathcrine,  daughter  of  Alderman  David 
Comyn.*  He  served  as  mayor  of  Limerick  three  times, 
his  first  term  commencing  in  1641  at  the  time  of  the  out- 
break of  the  great  Rebellion.  Heretofore  the  City  of 
I  jmcrick  had  in  general  adhered  to  the  English  interest; 
|jut  when  the  Catholic  nobility  and  people  of  Ireland  took 
up  arms  in  defence  of  their  property,  religion  and  lives, 
and  established  the  Irish  Confederation,  the  citizens  of 
Limerick  declared  in  favor  of  the  national  cause.  This 
result  was  largely  achieved  through  the  influence  of  Mayor 
Fanning.*  Alderman  Patrick  Fanning  was  chosen  to 
represent  the  City  of  Limerick  in  the  General  Assembly 
of  the  Confederation  at  Kilkenny,  in  1641.* 

One  of  the  first  acts  of  Mayor  Fanning  was  to  fit  out  a 
small  ship  of  war  for  service  on  the  Shannon,  to  which  he 
appointed  his  brother  John  captain,  and  his  brother 
Richard  master,  both  having  been  bred  to  the  sea.* 

The  castle  of  Limerick  was  held  by  a  force  of 
soldiers  under  the  command  of  Colonel  Courliioy,  an  oUI 
and  experienced  oflicer,  who  held  it  ajjainst  the  repirated 
assaults  of  the  citi/ens  until  the  23d  of  June,  i6.|.2,  when 
he  capitulated  under  the  following  circumstances  as  re- 
lated by  a  writer  of  the  time : 

••  Dominick  Fanning  was  then  mayor.  Colonel  Harry, 
an  old  soldier  that  had  served  the  King  of  Spain  many 

'  O'llart.  Irish  Pedigrees,  third  edition,  i8Sr,  p.  455.  Vide  abstract  of  the 
will  o(  David  Comyn  in  Appendix  B. 

*Dc!Unei.    Flistory  of  the  Irbh  Confederation,  Dublin,  18S2,  voL  I.,  p.  Hit* 

'  Lcnihan.    Limerick :  its  History,  etc.,  second  edition,  p.  159. 

^Croker.  NarraUvct  lUostrative  of  the  Contests  in  Ireland  in  1641  and 
1690,  lioniion,  1 841,  pp.  8  and  no. 


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years  in  the  Low  Countries,  conn'ng  to  tlicir  assistiincc, 
iindcrmincfl  the  fort,  nml,  when  it  was  ready  to  be  blown 
up,  nobody  appeareil  ftuward  to  mount  the  breach;  only 
Dominick  J''anninK,  at  the  Council  hehl  at  the  Tholsel, 
offered  himself,  to  the  confusion  of  the  country  jjallarits, 
but  he  was  prevented  by  a  drum  offering  to  treat  of  a 
surrender.     The  Governor  went  out,  with  his  soldiers  and 
adherents,  of  which  Jones,  the  old  liishop   of  Killaloe, 
was  one.     Such  as  pleased  were   conveyed  safe   away; 
others,  that  remained,  lived  quietly  in  their  own  houses."* 
Dominick  l\inning  was  anion^j  those  present  when  the 
castle  of  Askeaton  surrendered  to  Major-General  Turcell, 
on  the  14th  of  August,  1642.*     In  1644  he  was  elected  a 
member  of  the  Confederate  Parliament  for  Limerick.*     In 
1 64s  he  was  a  second  time  elected  to  the  mayoralty.* 

In  1646  negotiations  for  a  treaty  of  peace  were  entered 
into  between  the  Confederates  and  the  Marquis  of  Or- 
mond,  then  Lord  Lieutenant.  Many  of  the  leading  Con- 
federates favored  the  treaty;  but  the  majority,  having  no 
confidence  in  the  good  faith  of  the  Marquis,  rejected  it. 
On  the  evening  of  the  20th  of  August,  1646,  Ormond's 
heralds  came  to  Limerick  to  proclaim  the  peace,  but  the 
gates  were  closed  against  them  by  the  citizens.  Next  day 
they  were  admitted  by  John  J3urke,  the  mayor,  and  some 
of  the  aldermen,  by  whom  the  treaty  was  ratified.*  Dom- 
inick Fanning  and  his  son,  Thomas  Fanning,  were  among 
the  most  active  opponents  of  the  proclamation  of  the 
peace.  At  their  instigation  the  people  assembled  at  the 
Holy  Cross,  expelled  the  heralds,  and  rejected  the  treaty.    , 

'  BcUingB.    Histc*/  of  the  Irish  Confederation,  vol.  I^  p.  liii. 
•Ibid,,  vol.  II.,  p.  53.  'Ibid.,  vol.  III.,  p.  215. 

*  Lenihan.    Limerick ;  its  History  etc.,  second  edition,  p.  702. 
*Ibid.,  p.  159. 

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John  Hiirkc  was  deposed  and  Dominick  Fanning  chosen 
ntayor  In  hi^  place.* 

In  1647  events  began  to  plainly  indicate  what  was  soon 
to  follow.  The  Confederate  army  was  defeated  at  the 
b.Ktle  of  Dangan  Hill.  Lord  Inchiquin  took  Cahir  Castle 
by  storm  and  defeated  the  Irish  army  under  Lord  Taaffc 
at  Knockinglass  with  terrible  slaughter.  He  then  led  his 
army  into  the  County  of  Limerick,  bringing  the  whole 
Province  of  Munster  and  Cities  of  Limerick  and  Waterford 
under  contribution,  and  then  proceeded  to  the  County  of 
Kilkenny.  The  Confederate  Council,  which  had  already 
removed  from  Limerick  to  Kilkenny,  sent  ambassadors  to 
France  to  advise  them  of  the  gloomy  state  of  affairs,  and 
10  Rome  and  Spain  to  negotiate  for  assistance.  Mean- 
while the  citizens  of  Limerick  were  improving  and  strength- 
ening the  city,  fortifying  the  outworks,  and  preparing  for 
the  emergency.  The  north  gate  of  St.  Francis  Abbey 
was  finished  and  bore  this  inscription:* 

AD  AQUAS  AC  SACRA  PANDITUR.  A.D.t  647  R.K.  CAROf.!  : 

SKxroN  VICE  coat. 

Tlii*  gate  was  taken  down  in  April,  \^6^}  Though  the 
Catholics  still  continued  to  hold  possession  of  the  city, 
affairs  outside  were  hurrying  to  a  disastrous  issue. 

In   1649  a  party  of  Ormond's  cavalry  captured  John 
0*Molouna,  the  Bishop  of  Killaloe,'  and  took  from  him 

'  Bcllings.    History  of  the  Irish  Confederation,  vol.  vi.,  pp.  18  and  131. 

•  Lciiilian.    Limerick:  its  History,  etc.,  second  edition,  pp.  160-162. 

*  icrrar.    The  History  of  Limerick,  Ecclesiastical,  Civil,  and  Military.    Lim- 
erick, 1787,  p.  116. 

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ClAfOO  in  gold  and  silver  with  whicli  he  had  been  en- 
trusted to  pay  some  of  the  Confederate  forces.*  Not  long 
after  the  Marcjuis  sent  two  trunks  on  board  a  Dutch  vessel 
at  I.imerick  fur  shipnicnt  to  I'rancc.  Uoniinick  Fanning, 
thinking  that  these  trunks  contained  the  money  of  which 
the  Bishop  had  been  robbed,  collected  a  body  of  resolute 
young  men,  boarded  the  vessel,  and  opened  the  trunks. 
Finding  that  the  contents  consisted  only  of  papers  that 
the  Marquis  was  anxious  to  preserve,  they  replaced  them 
uninjured,  and  Doniinick  sent  an  apology  to  Ormond.* 

On  the  iith  of  June,  1649,  two  of  the  Marquis  of 
Orniond's  creatures,  Alderman  Crccigh  and  ex-Mayor 
Burke,  met  him  by  appointment  near  one  of  the  gates  of 
the  city.  They  informed  him  that  the  citizens  were  in  an 
uproar,  fearing  the  surrender  of  the  city;  that  the  keys 
had  been  forced  or  wheedled  from  Rochfort  the  sheriff  by 
.  Dominick  Fanning  and  the  Rev.  Father  Wolfe ;  and  that  it 
was  not  safe  for  him  to  enter  the  city  while  the  tumult 
lasted.  The  same  night  Dominick  called  in  Colonel  Mur- 
tagh  O'Hrien,  an  olTiccr  entirely  devoted  to  the  Confeder- 
ate cause.  O'Jlricn's  regiment  (increased  by  two  hundred 
recruits)  being  refused,  adinillance  by  Mayor  iUirke, 
forced  their  way  into  the  city,  sei/.ed  the  provisions  laid 
up  for  the  use  of  the  army,  which  Ormond  had  hoped 
would  be  at  his  disposal,  and  a  quantity  of  grain  belong- 
ing to  Ormond  exclusively.  After  these  events  Ormond 
retired  to  Galway,  where  he  embarked  and  soon  after 
joined  Charles  11.  in  France.* 

When  the  City  of  Limerick  was  invested  by  the  Crom- 
wellian  army  in  the  early  part  of  1651,  a  commission  was 

*  Lenihan.    Limerick  r  iti  History,  etc.,  second  edition,  pp.  168-9. 
'Ibid.,  p.  166.  'Ibid.,  p.  167. 

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appointed  to  discuss  a  treaty  of  surrender.  This  com- 
.  ini%stoh  W?s  composed  on  the*  part  of  the  citizens  of  Major- 
Gcncral  Turcell,  Colonel  Butler,  Dominick  Fanning,  Re- 
curclcr  Stackpole,  Sir  Geoffrey  Barron,  and  Maurice 
Haggot,  and  were  met  on  the  part  of  General  Ireton  by 
G(;ncral  Sir  Hardress  Waller,  Colonel  Cranwell,  Major 
Smith,  and  General  Allen.  As  they  could  not  agree  upon 
terms  the  siege  was  resumed.  The  military  governor  of 
Limerick  during  the  siege  was  General  Hugh  0*Neil,  an 
able  and  experienced  commander  who  had  repulsed  Crom- 
well at  Clonmel  in  1649. 

During  the  siege  which  ensued  the  efforts  of  Dominick 
Fanning  in  the  council  chamber  and  on  the  ramparts  were 
unceasing.     A  clique  of  Ormandists  in  the  Council  from 
time  to  time  insisted  on  the  necessity  of  capitulation. 
Dominick  Fanning  vigorously  protested  against  all  accom-    ; 
modation  with  Ireton.     He  pointed  out  to  the  Council  of 
War  that  the  city  had  abundant  resources  to  sustain  a 
protracted  siege;    that  the  approach  of  winter,  dearth, 
and  above  all,  the  infection  of  the  plague  then  ravaging 
the  city  and  its  vicinity,  must  compel  tlic  Cromwcllian 
i;cncral  to  accept  their  terms  or  break  up  his  camp  and 
retire  from  the  walls  of  Limerick,     On  the  ramparts  he    ' 
encouraged  the  soldiers  by  word  and  example,  impressing 
on  them  that  it  was  nobler  for  brave  men  to  die  with  arms    * 
in  their  hands  than  to  surrender  to  the  butchers  of  Drog-    i 
heda  and  Wexford.     But  the  treason  of  Fennell  nullified 
all  the  inspiring  efforts  of  Dominick  Fanning  and   his 
associates.      Colonel  Fennell,  an  Anglo-Irish   officer  of    . 
ability  but  of  depraved  character,  was  entrusted  by  Gen- 
eral O'Neil  with  the  defence  of  the  important  pass  of 
Killaloe.     Soon  after  receiving  this  office   he   not  only 

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abandoned  his  trust  but  turned  his  guns  against  the  city, 
thus  compcninf;  the  citiy.cns  to  sue  for  terms.  Commis- 
sioners wore  ciiipoinlcd  who  negotiated  a  treaty  of  sur- 
render. I'^'oni  I  his  treaty  the  following  named  persons 
were  exchided  because,  in  Ireton's  words,  "they  had 
prevailed  on  the  people  to  foolishly  protract  the  siege": 

Major-Gcncral  Hugh  O'Ncil,  Governor, 

Major-Gencral  Patrick  J'urcell, 

Sir  Geoffrey  Galway, 

Lieutcnant-Ci»lofiol  I-acy, 

Captain  George  Wolfe, 

Captain  Sexton, 

Edmund  O'Dwyer,  Bishop  of  Limerick, 

Terence  O'Brien,  Bishop  of  Emiy, 

John  Quin,  a  Dominican  Friar, 

Captain  Laurence  Walsh,  a  Priest, 

Francis  Wolfe,  a  Friar, 

Philip  Dwyer,  a  Priest, 

Alderman  Dominick  Fanning, 

Alderman  Thomas  Stritch, 

Alderman  Jordan  Roche, 

Kdmund  Roche,  IJurgcss, 

Sir  Richard  Iwcranl, 

Dr.  Higgin, 

Maurice  Baggot,  Baggotstown, 

Geoffrey  Barron, 

Evans,  a  Welsh  soldier.' 

Limerick  surrendered  on  the  29th  of  October,  1651, 
after  a  siege  of  six  months.  The  garrison  was  allowed  to 
depart  to  the  nearest  fortress  held  by  the  Irish.  For  three 

'Lenihan.    Limerick:  its  History,  etc.,  second  e<litioD,  p.  183, 

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.  days  the  city  was  given  up  to  the  plunder  of  the  English 
ftoldicry,  during  which  tlic  streets  were  strewn  with  dead 
lH>it!cs  of  citizens,  houses  were  wrecked  and  goods  de- 

or  those  excluded  from  the  terms  of  surrender  Bishop 
O'Dwycr  escaped  from  the  city  through  the  connivance 
of  General  Ludlow  who  favored  the  Bishop  because  he 
was  an  Ormandist.  Through  the  efforts  of  General  Lud- 
low the  life  of  General  O'Neil  was  also  spared  by  a  major- 
ity of  one  in  a  vote  of  Ireton's  Council  of  War.  The 
others  were  executed.* 

Shortly  after  the  surrender  the  traitor  Fenncll  was  tried 
fur  several  murders  and  other  high  crimes,  found  guiltyi 
and  hanged  by  his  new  friends;  although  ''he  had  but 
recently  deserved  better  things  of  them."* 

When  the  city  surrendered  Dominick  Fanning  secreted 
himself  in  the  tomb  of  his  ancestors  in  the  Franciscan 
Church.  While  he  was  lying  hid  a  body  of  soldiers  en- 
tered the  church  and  lighted  a  fire  for  tlic  purpose  of 
cooking.  When  Dominick,  who  was  famished  after  three 
days  and  nights  of  cold  and  hunger,  saw  them  thus  em- 
ployed, he  crept  out  begrimed  as  he  was,  sat  down  and 
bci^an  to  warm  himself.  The  caplaii!  of  ihc  parly  turned 
him  out  of  the  church,  whereupon  he  endeavored  to  es- 
cape from  the  city,  but  was  seized  at  the  gate,  brought 
back,  and  being  identified  was  immediately  hanged.*  His 
body  was  quartered  and  decapitated  and  his  head  placed 

» Lcnihan.    Limerick :  its  History,  etc.,  second  edition,  pp.  181-1S5, 59^ 
•ibid.,  p.  593. 

Mlorlacc.  TIic  History  of  tlic  Exccmlilc  Irish  Rebellion,  I.ondun,  16S0, 
p.  300. 

Ml  is  claimed  that  Dominick  Fanning  was  betrayed  by  the  treachery  of  a 
servant  of  his,  who,  contrary  to  the  wish  of  the  ofTicer  who  appeared  desirous 
thai  Ooniijiick  should  effect  his  escape,  not  only  revealed  the  name  of  his 

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over  St.  John's  gale,  where  it  rcniaiiicd  for  several  years. 
Thus  perished  the  nnblc-ininded  and  h"on-hcartcd  Domin- 
ick  Fanning,  who  had  at  all  times  so  bravely  withstood 
whatever  was  contrary  to  principle  and  faith,  sealing  with 
his  blood  the  high  and  generous  principles  which  he 
courageously  and  consistently  maintained  through  life.* 

In  M orison's  Thrcitodid  he  is  mentioned  as  the  nine- 
teenth of  the  chiefs  and  nobles  slaughtered  by  the  Parlia- 
mentarians: ''The  noble  Dominicus  Fanning,  ex-mayor 
of  Limerick,  and  alderman,  a  well-known  man,  and  of  the 
highest  integrity,  v/ho  had  been  of  great  service  to  the 
confederated  Catholics,  and  had  laudably  conferred  much 
benefit  on  the  kingdom  as  well  as  on  the  city,  was  hanged 
at  Limerick  as  well  as  the  rest,  A.  D.  1651.  His  head  was 
cut  off  and  affixed  to  the  gate."* 

Joan  Fanning,  daughter  of  Dominick  Fanning,  and 
granddaughter  of  Dominick  Arthur,  married  (ist)  Sir 
Dominick  White  of  Limerick,  and  (2d)  Thomas  Comyn 
of  Moynoe  in  the  County  of  Clare,  whose  property  was 
saved  from  confiscation  through  the  intercession  of  his 
cousin,  Sir  Ilardrcss  Waller,  the  Parliamentarian  governor 
of  Limerick  in  1652.  This  Joan  received  from  Cromwell 
a  grant  of  Ihc  lands  of  Kilcorncy  in  the  County  of  Clare 
which  are  still  in  llic  possession  of  her  dcsccmlants.^ 

Dominick  Fanning  had  a  son  Thomas,  before  mentioned 
as  active  in  expelling  Ormond's  heralds  from  Limerick  in 

master,  but  called  the  attention  of  the  guards  to  him;  said  servant  being  im« 
mediately  afterwards  killed  1)/  the  guards  for  his  treason  to  a  good  master. 
*Lcnihan.      Limerick :  its  History,  etc.,  second  edition,  pp.  X79,  594,  657. 
•O'ConnclI.    A  Memoir  of  Ireland,  Ke>v  York,  1843,  T*  79* 
'Burke.    Landed  Gentry  of  Great  Britain  and  Ireland,  London,  1879,  vol. 

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who  filled  liiKJi  ofllccs  in  the  City  of  Limerick  previous  to 
the  year  1652:  * 


1459  Richard  Fanning. 
15 TO  Richard  l^^anning. 
1511  Patrick  Fanning. 
1521  William  Fanning. 
1536  Jasper  Isuininjf. 
1 55 1  Clement  Isuining. 
1554  Richard  Fanning. 
1559  Doniinick  Fanning. 


1563  John  Fanning. 

1564  (ieorge  FiL/.-\Villiam 

1566  Stephen  I'^mning. 

1576  Pntrick  P'anning. 

1595  Clement  l**anning. 

1600  Simon  Fanning. 

1 6 14  Arthur  Fanning. 
1625  Nicholas  Fanning. 

1632  Francis  Fanning. 


1529  Patrick  Fanning. 
1538  William  Fanning. 
1557  Cler^ent  Fanning. 
rsOi'  Richard  limning. 
1568   l)i)miniclc  i*annin(f. 

1 610  Clement  Fanning. 
1615   Simon  Fanning. 
1630  Nicholas  Fanning. 
1641    Donn'nick  J'it/.-.Simon 
l«'anMin|.;'(  isl  lime). 

1571    George  Fitz-Wiliiam    1644  I'Vancis  Fanning, 
Fanning  (1st time).     1645  Hominick  limning 

1584  James  Fanning.  (2d  time). 

1587  George  FilzAVilliam  164I.6  Dominick  Fanning 
Fanning'  (2d  time),  (3d  time). 

'  Collected  from  Public  Records,  Bcllings's  History  of  the  Irish  Confcdcm* 
tion,  lA'iiihan's  History  of  Limerick,  and  Kcrmr*s  History  orLiiitcrick. 
'  .So  stated  in  Lenihan's  History  of  Limerick.  Ferrar  docs  not  mention  him. 
'Lcnihan  erroneously  gives  this  name  Dominick  Fitz-Stcphcn  Fanning. 

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I).ivid  I'anning  was  assessor  of  Limerick  in  1467. 

Richard  Fanning  was  clerk  of  the  Court  in  1530. 

Nicholas  Fanning  was  appointed  clerk  of  the  Court  of 
Picas  of  Exchequer  for  Limerick  in  1541  by  King  Henry 
vni.  On  the  accession  of  Edward  vi.  he  was  reappointed 
on  the  27th  of  April,  1547,  as  joint  grantee,  and  in  1550 
became  sole  grantee.  He  was  succeeded  in  1551  by  John 

Clement  Fanning  represented  Limerick  in  the  Irish 
Tarliamcnt  in  1559.* 

Patrick  Fanning  was  elected  a  member  of  the  Confed- 
erate Parliament  in  1642.' 

Doniinick  Fanning  was  elected  to  the  same  Parliament 
in  1 644.* 

Thomas  Fitz-William  Fanning  was  assessor  in  1652. 

Numerous  other  offices  were  held  at  different  times  by 
those  of  Fanning  name,  but  the  foregoing  list  comprises 
the  most  important. 

M^nihan.    Limerick:  iti  History,  etc.,  second  edition,  p.  741. 

*  lliid.,  p.  149. 

'In  Dcccndicr,  1641,  a  CvAlilion  took  place  hctwocn  the  Anf^lo-jmli  Cnlli. 
otlci  of  tlie  Tolc  oiiil  llic  niicietit  \x\Au  (hit  of  iIii'm  cMtdilittn  KpniiiK  lli<r 
Callinllc  C*uii(cdoriUipnf  wiu»iic  ul»Ji*cl  \vn:»  torMitldUli  liu'tr  i'rli|;K>itiiiiidcpciut- 
f  iicc,  anil  to  recover  the  oilalcs  widcli  tlicy  had  h»st  l»y  the  Kwtird,  t>r  the  not 
leu  fatal  liistrunieiils  of  le|;iUixetl  plunder.  'J'lic  ('onfnleratton  k\{  Kilkenny 
cofuittcd  of  two  hundred  and  liriy<Minc  niendiers,  including  eleven  Kpirilual 
pccn,  fuurteeii  temporal  peers,  and  twenty-six  c(»mniotient.  The  nientlieiM  rc« 
lurncd  fi»r  the  City  and  County  c»f  r.hneriek  were  O'Dwycr,  aftenvardn  Uishop 
cif  Limerick,  William  liourkc,  Daron  of  Castleennnell,  J«>hn  Ilaffj^ot  (»r  ]{A|;};otH- 
towo,  Mark  Filz-IIarris  of  Cloghtnat-foy,  Thonias  O'l^yaii  of  Dooii,  George 
Cumyn,  Patrick  Fanning,  John  llaly,  Daniel  Iliggins,  an<l  Jiartholomcw 
Siackpolct  all  of  Limerick.  Lord  Mountgarret  was  IVcsident  of  llie  Supreme 
Council.  II1C  death  of  the  celebrated  leailer  took  place  at  this  time  at  Kil- 
kcony;  his  place  was  supplied  by  the  Earl  of  Castlehavcn.— Z^ii//#fii. 

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John  Fanning  is  the  fust  of  the  name  found  recorded  in 
the  County  of  Tippcrary.  On  the  20th  of  November, 
1285,  he  paid  a  fine  of  ton  marks  for  release  of  venue,*  and 
on  the  20th  of  October,  1295,  he  is  entered  as  paying 
another  fine  of  £t^  and  was  released  by  the  sheriff,  Hugh 

Thomas  Fanning,  son  of  Richard  Fanning  of  Limerick, 
was  granted  a  knight's  fee  in  the  lands  of  Glothementhan, 
County  of  Kilkenny,  by  letters  patent  of  King  Edward  I., 
in  the  year  1279.^ 

Gilbert  Fanning  was  in  possession  of  lands  in  Kilkenny 
in  1 3 16.* 

Thomas  Fitz-Gilbert  Fanning  received  a  grant  of  the 
Manor  of  Mohober  by  letters  patent  from  Edward  III.  in 
1332,  forfeited  by  a  revolt' of  the  Le  Poers  (Powers)  in 
that  year.  Notwithstanding  the  grant  Lord  Eustace  Le 
Pocr  held  possession  of  the  castle  until  it  was  assaulted 
and  captured  by  Fanning.  John  Clyn,  the  annalist  of 
Kilkenny,  thus  describes  the  event:* 

**  1334-  Item,  die  Dominico  in  vl^ilia  beati  Marci  cwan- 
gelistc,  Thomas  I'^in}'!!  intravit  castrum  tie  Moytobyr,  et 
occupavit;  cjcctis  inde  hominibus  domini  Eustachii  le 
Poer,  et  exclusis.  Et  pro  castri  dcfensione,  eadcm  ebdom- 
ada  occiderunt  castri  custodes,  Remundum  et  David  de 
Angulo  et  Thomam  Roth  Grasse;  et  Sabbato  sequcnti 
compulsi  sunt  reddere  castrum  Jacobo  Comiti  Ermonie 

'  Calendar  of  Documents,  etc.,  Z2S5-1292.    Swcetman.    P.  58. 

*Ib!d.,  1293-130X,  p.  XI4. 

^Ibid.,  1252-12S4,  p.  325. 

^  Walsh.    Ecclesiastical  History  of  Ireland,  p.  16  x. 
^Clyn.    The  Annals  of  Ireland,  Dublin,  1849,  p.  25. 

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tiinguani  ^omino  commttatus,  et  in  manu  media,  donee 
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iVanslaliop :  On  the  Lord's  day,  the  vigil  of  the  feast 
of  St.  Atark  the  Evangelist,  Thomas  Fanning  entered  the 
cajllc  of  Mohobcr,  which  he  occupied  and  from  which  he 
ejected  and  shut  out  the  men  of  Lord  Eustace  Le  Poer. 
In  defence  of  the  castle  there  were  killed  the  same  week 
Raymond  and  David  de  Angulo  and  Thomas  Roth  Grasse. 
On  the  following  Sabbath  the  castle  was  delivered  to 
James,  Earl  of  Ormond  as  Lord  of  the  County,  to  be  held 
by  him  in  vianu  media,  until  It  was  decided  to  which  of 
the  contending  parties  it  rightfully  belonged. 

Mohobcr,  in  the  Parish  of  Lismalin,  Barony  of  Compsey, 
County  Tipperary,  was  for  several  centuries  a  manor  of 
ihe  Fannings.* 

Hugh  Fanning  was  appointed  by  Edward  III.  a  commis- 
sioner of  the  peace  for  the  County  of  Tipperary  in  1358,* 
to  inquire  into  the  adequacy  of  the  array  and  the  fitness 
of  the  peace  oflFiccrs  for  the  duties  entrusted  to  them.  He 
wa*  granted  certain  lands  in  the  Manor  of  Uallingarry. 

In  1545  Henry  VIII.  granted  the  fee  of  certain  lands  in 
the  County  of  Kilkenny  to  Oliver  lsmninj(.*  la  1570  he 
!i  menlioned  as  one  holding  land  by  knij»;lit*s  service  in 
the  Manor  of  Knocktopher.*  In  1623  Robert  Fanning, 
the  son  and  heir  of  Oliver,  died  leaving  Robert,  his  son 
and  heir  aged  thirty  years  and  married.* 

William  Fanning  was  a  landed  proprietor  in  the  Barony 
of  Kells,  County  of  Kilkenny  in  IS70.^     He  died  in  the 

'  Qyn.    The  Annals  of  Ireland,  p.  6f . 

*  D'Alton.    Illustrations,  etc.  of  King  Jamcs*s  Irish  Army  List,  T6S9,  vol.  IE., 
p.  6ao.  *Ibid. 

*  Calendar  of  the  Carvw  Manuscripts,  1515-1574,  p.  402. 
»  Vide  footnote  a. .  •  Vide  footnote  4. 

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year  1590,  having  made  a  previous  settlement  of  his 
estates.  The  triiHtccs  of  Hint  settlement  were:  James,  son 
of  Thonias  FannlM|[  of  Hiillinijtajjgart,  County  of  Tippe- 
rary ;  Robert,  son  of  Walter  Panning  of  Mohober,  County 
of  Tipperary;  and  Richard  Fanning  of  Kappaghintalla- 
garry.  James  vvas  the  son  and  heir  of  the  aforesaid  WiN 
liam.  He  dying  during  his  father's  lifetime,  his  brother 
William  succeeded  to  the  estates.* 

In  1543  David  Fanning,  Richard  Fanning,  John  More 
Fanning,  David  I'^itzmagon  Fanning,  of  the  Manor  of 
liutlcrswode,  and  in  1548,  Oliver  Fanning  of  Kylry, 
County  of  Kilkenny,  are  recorded  as  landed  proprietors.* 

William  Fanning  is  recorded  in  1570  as  an  extensive 
landed  proprietor  in  the  Manor  of  Killenaule,  Barony  of 
Slievardagh,  County  of  Tipperary.* 

Walter  Fanning  vvas  enfeoffed  as  one  of  the  trustees 
under  the  will  of  John  Eustace  of  Castle  Martin,  County 
of  Kildare,  dated  9th  of  October,  1 591/ 

In  1600  the  Fannings  are  recorded  as  among  the  prin- 
cipal landowners  in  the  Barony  of  Slievardagh,  County  of 

William  Fanning  of  Rally  McCloghny  was  constable  of 
the  Harony  of  Guwran,  County  of  Kilkenny,  in  1608.* 

In  1632  died  Robert  Fanning,  seised  of  several  lands  in 

'D'Alton.    Jllustratioiis,  etc.  of  King  James*!!  Irish  Army  Ust,  vol,  11.,  p. 

*  Calendar  of  the  Patent  and  Close  Kolls  of  Chancery  in  Ireland.    Morrin. 
Dublin,  xS6i-2,  vol.  I.,  pp.  175,  iS4. 

'Calendar  of  the  Carew  Manuscripts,  15x5-1 5 74»  p*  404. 
^Calendar  of  the  Patent  and  Close  Rolls  in  Chancery,  etc.,  vol.  u.,  p.  204. 
This  name  is  spelled  Fynnan  in  the  records. 

*  Calendar  of  ihc  Carcw  Manuscripts,  1 589-1 600,  p.  513. 
'Ibid.,  1603-1624,  p.  28. 

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the  County  of  Kilkenny,  and  leaving  as  heir  his  brother 
William  then  aged  thirty-three  and  married.^ 

Geoffrey  (or  Jeffrey)  Fanning,  of  Fanningstown,  Bal- 
lingarry,  County  of  Tipperary,  married  Gyles,  the  second 
daughter  of  Lord  Thomas  Power*  (who  died  1637)  ^"^ 
his  wife  Margaret  Butler,  third  in  descent  from  Peter, 
Lord  "Le  Poer"  and  his  wife  Catharine,  daughter  of  the 
eighth  Earl  of  Ormond.  Lord  Thomas  Power  was  son 
of  James,  son  of  Thomas  of  Cullefin,  County  of  Waterford, 
son  of  Richard  Lord  Power.  In  1642  Geoffrey  Fanning 
was  elected  to  represent  the  Manor  of  Glengall  in  the 
Confederate  Parliament,  and  served  in  that  assembly  until 
its  dissolution.*  After  the  Cromwellian  conquest  he  retired 
to  the  Continent,  where  he  served  under  Charles  II.  until 
the  Restoration  in  1660,  when  he  returned  to  Ireland.  He 
was  granted  part  of  his  estates  confiscated  during  the 
Cromwellian  regime.  This  grant  amounted  to  upwards 
of  two  thousand  acres  in  the  Baronies  of  Slievardagh  and 
Compsey,  besides  the  manor-house  and  demesne  at  Bal- 
lingarry.  This  grant  was  confirmed  to  him  on  the  2d  of 
June,  1 668, 

*D*Alton.    nittstrations,  etc.,  of  King  James's  Irish  Army  LSst,  yoL  U„  p. 
*0*Hart.    Irish  Landed  Gentry,  Dublin,  Z887,  p.  164. 
'  Sellings.    History  of  the  Irish  Confederation,  yoI.  ii.»  p,  315. 

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In  1652  a  law  was  passed  by  the  English  Parliament 
confiscating  upwards  of  ten  million  acres  of  land  in  Ire- 
land. It  was  enacted  that  "Peers,  gentles,  landowners 
and  burgesses  should  be  driven  from  their  homes/'  and 
removed  or  transplanted  to  certain  barren  parts  of  the 
Province  of  Connaught.  The  poorer  classes  were  allowed 
to  remain  that  they  might  be,  as  the  ordinance  states, 
**  hewers  of  wood  and  drawers  of  water."  Husbandmen, 
plowmen  and  artificers  were  also  allowed  to  stay  in  their 
native  places,  as  their  services  were  needed  by  the  new 
proprietors.  But  none  of  these  were  allowed  to  leave 
their  native  parishes  without  a  passport  on  pain  of  death.*  ; 

For  the  purposes  of  transplantation  certain  desolate 
parts  of  the  Counties  of  Mayo,  Sligo  and  Lcitrim,  which 
had  been  well-nigh  depopulated  by  the  late  war,  were  set 
apart.  The  transplanted  families  were  allowed  to  take 
with  them  their  cattle,  household  effects,  and  such  part 
of  their  crops  as  they  could  conveniently  move.* 

The  government  reserved  for  themselves  all  the  towns, 
all  the  church  lands  and  tithes;  for  they  abolished  all 
archbishops,  bishops,  deans,  and  other  offices  belonging 
to  that  hierarchy.  They  reserved  also  tlie  four  Counties 
of  Dublin,  Kildare,  Carlow,  and  Cork.  Out  of  the  lands 
and  tithes  thus  reserved,  the  government  were  to  satisfy 
public  debts,  private  favorites,  eminent  friends  of  the  re- 
publican cause  in  Parliament,  regicides,  and  the  most 
active  of  the  English  rebels,  not  being  of  the  army.' 

'  Nohvithstanding  the  stringent  laws  In  force  at  this  period  many  of  the 
Irish  gentry  and  their  adherents  kept  up  a  desultory  warfare  against  the  Crom- 
wellian  scalers*    Vide  Prendcrgast*s  Cromwellian  Settlement  of  Ireland. 

•  Ibid.    Vide  History  of  Ireland  by  Lecky.  '  Prendergast. 

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The  foUowing  named  Fanning  families  received  certifi- 
cates of  transplantation  which  entitled  them  to  settlements 
is  the  CounQr  of  Leitrim :  ^ 

Certificates  granted  1655-57. 

Alderman  Nicholas  Fanning,  who  was  mayor  in 

Francis  Fanning,  who  was  mayor  in  1644. 
Edward  FitE-Frands  Fanning. 
Madalen  Fanning. 
Martin  Fanning. 
Mary  Fanning. 
Waiiam  Fanning. 
Thomas  Fits-Clement  Fanning. 
Edward  Fits-James  Fanning  >         Nephews  of 
Michael  Fits-James  Fanning  >    Dominick  Fanning, 
Thomas  Fitz-Fatrick  Fanning. 

TIPPERARY,  1653-55. 

Edmond  Fanning  of  Gortfy. 
William  Fanning  of  Farrenroe. 
Nicholas  Fanning  of  QonegaU. 

KILKENNY,  1657. 

James  Fanning  of  Knocktopher. 

These  Fannings  settled  in  the  F^urish  of  Feenagh.  They 
^vere  nev^  restored  to  the  estates  of  which  they  had  been 
despoiled.        ^       ~ 

Geotij,  aeoond  cdidon,  pp.  s69^  33s.  y/^  563. 

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On  the  Rcstonition  of  Charles  IL  to  the  throne  of  Eng* 
land,  in  1 66 1,  the  Fannings,  as  well  as  many  other  families 
whose  estates  had  been  so  mercilessly  forfeited,  were  in 
great  hopes  that  they  would  be  again  invested  with  their 
former  possessions.  Under  the  Act  of  Settlement  and 
Explanation  many  persons  were  restored  or  pa.rtly  recom* 
pensed.  This  Act  ordered  that  all  designated  persons  be 
restored  to  their  estates  on  or  before  the  ist  day  of  August, 
1662.  None  were  to  be  restored  who  before  1643  were 
of  the  rebel  party,  or  of  the  Kilkenny  Confederation,  or 
*who  drew  their  tides  from  other  persons* 

By  the  King's  Declaration  dated  the  30th  of  November, 
1660,  embodied  in  the  Act  of  Settlement  and  Explanation, 
the  restorable  Irish  were  of  four  classes:  INNOCENTS; 
ARTICLEMEN,  or  those  promised  pardon  and  restoration 
by  the  Articles  of  Peace  made  between  tlie  Marquis  of 
Ormond,  on  the  King's  behalf,  and  the  Confederate  Cath- 
olics in  1648;  ENSIGN-MEN,  or  those  who  rallied  to  the 
King's  standard ;  and  THE  KING'S  NOMINEES,  who  were 
thirty-six  noblemen  and  gentlemen  named  in  the  King's 

John  Fanning,  brother  of  Dominick,  vras  enrolled  among 
the  "Decrees  of  Innocents/'  under  the  Cromwellian  Rule, 
and  Thomas  Fanning  was  enrolled  among  the  Ensigmnen.* 

Geoffrey  Fanning,  as  already  stated,  received  a  grant  of. 
his  manor-house  and  2,000  acres  of  land  in  the  Coun^  of 

William  Fanning,  of  the  County  of  Kilkenny,  received  a 
grant  of  531  acres  of  land  in  the  Barony  of  Ballymoe, 

^  m 

*  Vide  O'HarfsIciih  Landed  GeiitirtiirxiiMM/  HiHoir  of  Iidaad,  etc 
*0'Hast    Irish  Landed  Genlnr»  wooad  editioB,  pp.  jxst  3^ 

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CounQr  of  Gahray»  confinned  to  him  on  the  30th  of  Jtiiie» 
i668.>  ., 

Not  one  member  of  the  Limerick  Fannings  it  on  record 
as  receiving  compensation  for  the  loss  of  his  estates. 

During  the  Williamite  wars  David  and  William  Fanning 
.  were  quartermasters  in  Colonel  Henry  Luttrell's  rq;iment 
of  horse,  in  the  army  of  King  James  IL  In  the  Act  of 
Attainder  of  1691  the  names  of  William  Fanning  of 
Ballyratht  County  of  Kilkenny,  and  David  Fanning  of 
Kilkenny,  merchant,  are  mentioned  among  the  persons 
attainted.  Robert  Fanning's  name  is  on  the  Establish- 
ment of  1710  as  receiving  an  annual  pension  of  £\o} 
'  Dominick  Fanning,  of  the  County  of  Clares  married 
Slaney,  daughter  of  Daniel  MacNamara  of  Ayle,  County 
of  Clare.  MacNamara  died  in  1696,  having  previously 
mor^pged  the  lands  ^f  Ayle,  Gortderrynahincha,  part  of 
Moanagullen,  to  Thomas  O'Grady  of  D«riymore.  O'Grady 
assigned  the  mortgage 'to  Captain  Daniel  Molony,  who 
was  killed  at  the  fint  siege  of  Limerick,  and  whose  heirs, 
after  the  death  of  MacNamara,  sought  to  foreclose  the 
mortgage.  Dominick  Fanning;  in  behalf  of  his  wife  and  the  . 
three  granddaughters  of  the  deceased,  presented  a  petition 
to  the  Court  of  Chanceiy,  claiming  the  equity  of  redemp- 
tion of  the  mor4;age,  and  his  rights  in  the  caiise  under  the 
termsoftl^treaQr  of  Limerick.  In  this  he  was  successful, 
and  regained  possession  of  the  lands  for  the  heirs  at  law.* 

''Capitan  Don  Ricardo  Fanan**  (Captain  Richard  Fan- 
i>hig),  brother  of  Dominick  Fanning  of  Limerick,,  served 

^Royal  Iitt  Acidb^r,  ladA  Loeofow  p.  3S^ 

*iyAltoB.    inailn«ioM^«lB.ol  King  jMofklriihAimflJitp  1689b  pwCsi. 

*Frait    ThtHhtmfwmdTopofftfkf^O^Cmuftf^CkM.i^SH' 

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in  the  Spanish  army  in  the  Low  Countries  in  i663»^  and 
according  to  tradition  settled  at  Malaga,  Spain,  where  he 
is  said  to  have  left  descendants. 

Lieutenant  John  Fanning  served  in  the  Spanish  army 
under  the  banner  of  tlie  exiled  King,  Charles  ll.,  and  was 
killed  at  the  siege  of  Prague  in  1648.  He  was  probably 
of  the  Tipperary  branch  of  the  family. 

In  165  2  the  estates  of  the  Fannings  of  Kilkenny  were 
included  in  the  general  plunder  seized  by  the  Cromwellian 

The  village  of  Fanningstown  in  the  Barony  of  Iverk 
perpetuates  the  name  in  the  County  Kilkenny. 

The  record  of  the  Fannings  in  Ireland  is  one  of  high 
honor,  patriotism,  valor,  suffering  and  sacrifice.  During 
the  momentous  period  of  the  Cromwellian  regime  many 
of  the  family  fell  victims  to  sectarian  conquest,  while 
others  were  despoiled  and  subjected  to  the  iron  rule  of 
their  inexorable  victors.  It  is  not  strange  that  under  cir- 
cumstances of  sorrow  and  adversi^  some  representatives 
of  the  family  should  have  sought  an  asylum  in  that  then 
new  Land  of  the  West,  in  those  early  days  as  in  later  time, 
the  refuge  of  the  oppressed  of  all  nations. 

^CyHait.    IfkhLMMMG«Bliy»iMO«d«ditloiWF49^ 
•Vide  Ftaaiogi  of  LiMridu 

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'  Edmond  Fanning,  the  emigrant  ancestor  of  the  Gon* 
oecticut  fiunily  of  diat  name,  settled  in  New  London  (then 
'^  called  Fequot),  Connecticut,  in  1653.  His  first  period  of 
residence  the^  was  brief,  however,  as  he  soon  removed  to 
Fishers  Island,^  then  owned  by  John  Winthrop  the  younger^ 
afterwards  Governor  of  the  Connecticnt  Colony,  what  it 
is  supposed  he  resided  several  years.  The  records  show 
that  he  was  living  on  this  Island  in  1655  and  1657,  and  it 
is  probable  that  he  was  there  before  that  time. « 

After  his  residence  on  Fishers  Island  Edmund  Fanning 
returned  to  New  London  sometime  previous  to  1662,  in 
which  year  the  next  trace  of  him  is  found,  and  settled 
in  that  part  of  the  town  which  was,  in  1705,  set  off  to  form 
the  new  town  of  Groton,.  where  Jie  had  a  grant  of  fifty 
acres  of  land  in  1664.  This  grant  was  on  the  west  bank 
of  the  Mystic  River,  two  miles  above  the  present  village 
of  Old  or  Upper  Mystic,  in  what  is  now  the  town  of  Led- 
jrard,  and  formed  the  nucleus  of  a  large  fium  called  his 
.Groton  Farm,  which  remained  in  possession  of  his  de- 
scendants nearly  one  hundred  and  fifty  years.  . 

Edmund  Fanning  then  became  one  of  the  original  pror 
prietors  of  Stonington,*  receiving  various  grants  of  land  in 

I  Und,  ift  I^ag  lUnd  Soyad,  aboat  ds  Bfl«  toirtlMMt  of  Ntw 
LMdoB,iiapvtornMlinm  oT'SoirtiioM,  SdMk  emnty.  New  Vock;   It 
iiabo«t«t|^Bil«lQagndo«n«isoM»lteiftbrcadt]u    Itkaepntod: 
-  fro«  dM  ihora  of OxuMCticat  bj  a  aamm  stnit  caOsd  flihc^ 

*Tha  eaiif  local 'naoMi  ol  thb  tenitocy  wofe  Mfitie  and  Fawcatadc 
{yulmuStf  wgtOmd  Fb<|aatBckt  Fiw<|«atndi,  Fawkatack,  etc).    Tbaaa  w«m 

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i665»  1C67  and  succeeding  years*  The  grant  that  was 
his  homestead  (arm  in  Stonington  lay  southeasterly  of  hb 
New  London  grant  and  was  separated  from  it  by  the  Mys- 
tic River,  which  stream  is  the  dividing  line  between  Groton 
and  Stonington  towns.  On  this  farm  he  resided  at  the 
time  of  his  decease  in  1683. 

Of  the  advent  of  Edmund  Fanning  into  the  Connecticut 
Colony  little  is  known.  It  is  very  probable  that  his  point 
of  landing  in  1653  was  somewhere  on  the  Massachu- 
setts coastt  and  that  he  journeyed  along  the  shore  or 
inland  until  he  reached  the  Pequot  settlement  in  Connect!- 
cut  That  newly  settled  town  was  too  young  at  that  time 
to  have  its  fame  known  abroad/ but  had  nevertheless 
achieved  sufficient  renown  in  the  Massachusetts  Bay  Col- 
ony, through  the  influence  of  the  younger  Winthrop,  its 
founder,  to  attract  many  of  its  early  settlers.  It  is  possi- 
ble that  Edmund  Fanning  was  one  of  those  pioneers  who 
removed  at  the  invitation  of  Winthrop  to  the  country  of 
the  Pequots*  Tradition,  so  often  misleading,  may  not, 
however,  be  far  out  of  the  way  in  this  case  when  it  says, 
''after  a  period  of  wandering  he  found  a  resting  place  in 
Connecticut*'  (at  the  Pequot  settlement).  It  is  also  possible 
that  Edmund  Fanning  may  have  made  his  home  in  the 
Massachusetts  Bay  Colony  during  some  of  th^  intervening 
years  between  1653  and  1662,  although  it  is  positively 
known  that  at  different  intervals  between  these  years  he 

chmnged  to  SoathcrtowB  fai  1658  bgr  the  Genond  Govt  of  MMMch«Mtt% 
which  dMToed  it  to  belong  to  the  Conatf  of  Snfblk  fai  Uuit  Cokmy.  The 
Conrt  extended  the  boonds  ao  that  they  embiaced  at  that  time  land  lying 
between  the  Myatic  and  Fawcatvek  Riven  and  reaching  northerl3^  eight 
mflea  from  the  month  of  the  Myitic.  By  Winthrop'a  new  charter  in  166a 
Sonthertown  came  nnder  the  jviadiction  of  Connecdent  In  1665  Sonther^ 
town  changed  its  name  to  Mystic  and  In  1666  to  Stonington. 

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was  living  on  Fishers  Island.  The  difncnlty  lies  in  prov- 
ing liis  particuhir  residences  during  these  years,  and  they 
may  never  be  known  to  a  certainty  unless  some  further 
records  are  found  which  will  lead  up  to  tliesc  disclos- 

It  would  be  interesting  reading,  no  doubt,  were  it  pos- 
sible to  have  an  account  of  Edmund  Fanning's  life  in 
those  early  days.  It  is  sufficient  to  learn,  however,  that 
the  time  of  his  arrival  in  Connecticut  was  1653,  and  to 
know  of  his  different  residences  at  New  London,  Fishers 
Island  and  Stonington,  although  the  details  of  his  daily 
hTc  may  not  be  forthcoming. 

Various  traditions  exist  in  the  family  concerning  his 
landing  and  early  settlement,  many  of  which  lack  con- 
firmation and  can  be  traced  back  to  one  common  origin, 
which  fails  to  be  authenticated.  The  records  of  those  days 
are  meagre,  but  there  is  sufficient  well-substantiated  evi- 
dence to  enable  one  to  form  nearly  a  connected  account 
of  the  final  years  of  his  life  in  this  country. 

In  1640  John  VVinthrop  the  younger  obtained  a  grant 
from  Massachusetts,  subsequently  confirmed  by  both  Con- 
necticut and  New  York,  of  Fishers  Island,  considered 
then  one  of  the  gems  of  Long  Island  Sognd.  He  erected 
a  house  thereon  which  was  the  first  English  residence  in 
the  Pequot  country.  Winthrop  developed  the  Island,  and 
was  largely  engaged  there  in  raising  horses,  cattle,  goats, 
etc.  It  is  known  that  upon  the  arrival  of  Edmund  Fan- 
ning at  Pequot,  Winthrop  interested  himself  in  him  and 
gave  him  a  settlement  on  Fishers  Island,  where  he  re- 
sided several  years.  It  is  supposed  that  he  was  given 
charge  of  Winthrop's  stock  farm  there,  and  was  appointed 
his  overseer.     In  a  letter  dated  at  Pequot,  28th  of  June, 

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1657,  from  Jonathan  Brewster  to  John  VVinthrop,  ]r 
reference  is  made  to  Edmund  Fanning,  who  with  hiswi^. 
was  stopping  at  Brewster'a  house,  and  who  sends  word  t 
Winthrop  that  they  are  "all  well  upon  the  Island"  (Li 
Fishers  Island).* 

After  this,  little  reference  to  Edmund  is  found  un: 
1662,  when  we  come  across  the  first  mention  of  his  nam: 
in  the  Connecticut  Colony  in  an  inventory  of  goods  a 
Richard  Poole,  tlie  2  5  th  of  April  of  that  year :  "two  cowts 
and  one  stcerc  now  with  Edmon  ftaning."*  It  is  ex 
tremely  difficult  to  locate  Edmund's  residence  at  tt 
particular  time.  Miss  Caulkins,  in  her  History  of  Nci 
London,  says:  "Edmund  Fanning  was  said  to  be  of  My? 
tic  in  l662.*''  This  would  place  him  cast  of  the  MyslL 
River.  It  is  more  likely,  however,  that  he  lived  at  tk 
time  on  the  west  bank  of  the  Mystic  River,  in  what  wi 
then  New  London,  and  where  he  had  his  first  grant  c 
land  laid  out  in  1664. 

The  next  item  concerning  him  is  on  the  New  Lond 
Records  as  follows :     "A  Towne  meeting  Jan.  15,  i6Cl 
To  Edmon  ffaning — 01.  00.  00  a  wolfe"*;  and  also  at| 
town  meeting  July  20,   1663:      "Edmon  fianing  &  Jrj 
Packer  for  killing  a  wolfe  this  yeere  63"* 

We  now  come  upon  the  record  of  his  first  grant  of  lan.^ 
at  "A  Town  Meeting  November  21,  1664  j 

"  Edmon  ffaning  ("These  three  have  50  Ackers  given  thcc 
''Edward  Smith  (not  hindring  former  grants.  Granted^ 
"  Will"  Williams         (voted,  Williams  at  the  hed  of  ye  lottos."! 

"Vide  "A  Sketch  of  John  Winthrop  the  younger,  1606-1676,"  by  IW 
Franklin  Waters,  1899,  pp.  48  and  51.  ! 

•Vide  "History  of  New  London,  Connecticut,"  by  Frances  Manwarli 
Caulkins,  New  London,  1895,  P*  3^7*        'Ibid.,  p.  96.  j 

^Vide  Miss  Caulkins'  copy  of  New  London  Records,  book  x^  p.  142. 

*Ibid.,  p.  135.        •Ibid.,  p.  147.  . 

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This  grant  we  find  recorded  at  New  London,  as  follows : 

«Edmon  flbning  Nooember  si^  1664 
«<ilath  groen  him  fifty  eacken  of  vpland  upwards  mifUckxiiier  ^ 
on  the  wefhnupd  of  it  bounded  towardes  tbeeaft  w^m'windiiops 
land,  and  w^  the  common  and  a  Ledg  of  rocks  northward  to  a 
msrked  tree  marked  on  three  fides  and  from  thence  southward 
by  a  brooke  that  runns  into  miftkk  riner"^ 

A  copy  of  the  oldest  court  record  of  New  London  b  hi 
the  Connecticut  State  Library  at  Hartford.  The  original 
with  others  of  later  date  is  at  Norwich.  It  is  unindexed. 
There  are  some  entries  of  a  Court  at  Pequot  in  VoL  L  of 
records  of  the  Particular  Court  In  the  New  London 
Court  Book,  Commissioners*  Court*  December  39,  16649 
appears  the  following:  "Edmon  ffaning  5s.  Qd.  vnpd  not 
appearing '*  (i.  e.  he  was  so  much  behind  in  pa3rment  of 
his  rates).  This  is  the  only  mention  of  a  Fanning  in  the 
New  London  Court  Book.  The  name  does  not  occur  in 
Vol.  Il.t  Records  of  the  Particular  Court*  1650-1663. 
Edmund  Fanning's  name  appears  in  a  list  of  the  minis- 
ter's  rate  for  1664  \£.  28.  6d.  and  in  a  minister's  rate 
made  by  order  of  the  Selectmen  the  6th  of  October, 
1666  \£  5s.  3d.  oqr.  His  name  does  not  appear  in  the 
'  rate  of  1667.  He  may  have  removed  that  year  to  the 
Stonington  side. 

Following  the  example  of  its  neighbor  and  older  town, 
•Stonington  early  honored  its  sons  by  grants  of  land  located 
within  its  borders  to  induce  them  to  remain-among  its 
townspeople.  Edmund  Fanning,  who,  as  already  stated, 
was  one  of  the  original  proprietors  of  Stonington,  had  the 
following  recorded  grants  of  land  from  that  town : 

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I*cbniary  3,  1667,  one  hundred  acres  of  land  on  the  east 
side  of  Mystic  River,  two  miles  north  of  the  present  village 
of  Old  Mystic,  which  grant  became  his  homestead  farm 
in  Stonington.^  This  grant  had  been  ordered  by  the  town 
February  10  (or  19),  1665,  to  be  relaid  out,  together  with 
Nathaniel  Beebe  and  Goodman  Fish's,'  and  no  doubt  were 
the  same  lands  that  are  referred  to  in  the  Thomas  Minor 
Diary,  which  item  reads  as  follows : 

^The  .S3,  of  march  I  was  informed  by  H :  g :  [Hannah  Gallup] 
that  Capt  george  Denison  and  James  morgan  apon  the  .33.  of 
march  being  Tusday  1663*64  was  laing  out  of  land  at  misUcke 
for  Thomas  parke  Edmund  fiming  and  Nathaniell  Bebe :  "* 

Last  of  February,  1673,  twenty  acres  at  the  southeast 
comer  of  and  ad'oining  his  homestead  farm/  This  was 
voted  him  by  the  town  November  15,  1670.* 

March  6,  1672-73,  fifiy  acres  bordering  on  Pawcatuck 

January  4,  1674,  twelve  acre  home-lot.  No.  13,  one  of 
forty-three  lots  laid  out  to  each  head  of  family  in  Stoning- 
ton  according  to  a  census  taken  February  2,  i668.^  These 
were  drawn  by  lottery  by  tlie  tiien  inhabitants  of  the  town. 
It  does  not  appear  that  Edmund  Fanning  resided  there  or 
built  on  this  lot,  which  lay  between  Simon  Whipple's  lot 
(No.  12)  on  the  north  and  Joseph  Pollard's  lot  (No.  14} 
on  the  south.  This  lot  was  apportioned  off  to  his  son, 
Lt  John  Fanning,  and  sold  by  him  to  William  Chese- 
brough  January  23,  1709-10/ 

>  Vide  StDalagton  ReoonK  Book  l^  p.  31  tnd  n^  p.  aS.      *Ibid^  U  P-  9> 
'Vide  The  Diny  of  ThonM  Blinor,  StoniagtoBtCoiUL,  1653  to  1684,  p.  197* 
«Vide  Stoniagtoa  Recofd%  Book  n^  p.  aS.       ^Ibid^  U  P«  40* 
'Ibid,  n^  p.  aS.     vibid,n«,p.i6$.     *Ibid,  il^p.  513. 

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March  22»  1674-75,  sixty  acres  'Mayed  out  to  Edmund 
faning  granted  to  his  sonn  And  Jofliuah  holmes'*^  also  on 
Pawcatuck  River. 

April  29,  1679,  one  hundred  acres  in  the  Town  Com- 
mons, in  consideration  of  part  of  his  former  grant  being 
taken  from  him,  through  intrenching  upon  Hempstead's 
grant  Probably  the  land  that  Widow  Ellen  Fanning  sold 
February  22,  1683,  to  John  Allen  of  New  London.' 

February  23,  i(58o,  one  hundred  acres  at  the  north 
bounds  of  the  town,  bounded  by  Thomas  Parke's  land  on 
the  south  and  west,  by  the  town  line  on  the  north,*  and  by 
Capt  Denison's  land  on  the  east'  This  one  hundred  acres 
was  sold  March  20,  1722-23  by  his  son,  Lt  John  Fan- 
ning, grandson,  Edmund  Fanning,  and  son-in-law,  Benja- 
min Hewitt,  to  William  and  George  Denison  of  Stonington/ 

March  2Sf  1680-81,  one  hundred  acres  at  Pukwhunga- 

nuck  (locality  near  Pendleton  Hill,  North  Stonington).' 

This  one  hundred  acres  was  sold  July  I2»  1 701,  by  his 

sons,  Lt  John  Fanning  and  Thomas  Fanning,  to  William 

'Billings  of  Preston,  Cona.' 

March,  1706,  eighty  acres  in  Voluntown  (Lot  No.  icl) 
laid  out  to  his  heirs  for  his  services  in  the  Narraganset 

Edmund  Manning's  Stonington  grants  therefore  em- 
braced an  area  of  about  S43  acres  in  addition  to  his  New 
London,  Groton  and  Voluntown  grants.  . 

*  Vide  StairiasiM  Dcokb  Book  n^  p.  aS. 
*VideSloolagtoaRecoidi,TowiiVolei,Bookn^p.3i;   alto  Deedi^  n^ 

'Vide  StoningtoB  Doedi,.Book  n.,  p.  S9.       ^VtM^  m^  pp.  419^  430. 
*Ibid.,n^p.  aS. 

*  Vide  PKitoD  Deedi,  Book  u^  p.  33. 
'VideVoiuatowD  Rec  Jidi,  Book  L,  p.  6i. 

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His  grant  of  (iffy  acres  in  Groton  was,  as  already 
stated,  on  the  west  side  of  Mystic  River,  two  miles 
above  Old  Mystic.  The  land  is  now  owned  by  the 
Charles  S.  Bennett  heirs.  The  brook  that  forms  the  west- 
em  boundary  of  the  lot  and  has  its'  principal  source  of 
supply  at  Cider  Hill,  runs  southeasterly  into  Mystic  River, 
joining  the  latter  at  a  point  nearly  opposite,  or  just  west- 
erly of  the  Bennett  farm.  This  fifty  acres  was  later  added 
to  until  it  formed  a  farm  of  about  five  hundred  acres  in 
171S.  In  that  year  it  extended  from  the  junction  of  the 
brook  with  Mystic  River  north  to  Lantern  Hill  Pond,  or 
the  <'  Great  South  Pond,"  as  it  was  then  called,  and  was 
bounded  on  the  west  by  the  brook  and  William  Williams's 
land,  on  the  east  by  M)rstic  River,  and  on  the  north  by 
Lieutenant  Joseph  Stanton's  land  and  the  "  Great  South 

Just  what  portion  of  this  Groton  farm  was  Edmund 
Fanning  Senior's,  in  addition  to  the  original  fifty  acre  grant, 
it  is  difficult  to  determine,  as  there  seems  to  be  no  record 
of  its  acquisition  either  by  him  or  his  son  Edmund,  and 
no  doubt  these  deeds,  like  many  others  in  those  times, 
were  never  recorded. 

Edmund  Fanning's  name  appears  in  a  *' Record  or 
Regifter  of  the  Inhabitants  names  Taken  this  29*^  of  de- 
cember  1670  by  the.  selectmen  of  ftonington  according 
toatowne  order  formeriy  made  the  15*^  of  november 

>  Vide  StoniaglOB  RMOfda,  nit  Bool^  Manfafei,  Birdis 
1664,  p.  194. 

The  recofd  does  aol  ftato  what  the  figwes  foUowing  the  names  fefer  to. 
but  the  fccond  columa  if  piobablf  the  number  of  the  home*]ot  drawn  by  cich 

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Mr  Tho :  ftanton  Senioi 

-  91:99 

Benjamin  palmer 

20 :  19 

Captaine  george  Dcniaon  41 :    7 

gersbum  palmer 


Tho:  minor 


Tho:  Bell 

«:  4 

John  gallop  senior 


Jofeph  ftanton 


mr  S:miucll  Chcerbrough 


John  ffisb 

»S:   5   , 

inr  Amos  Richardson 

33:   8 

Tho :  Sha  senior 


nchcmiah  palmer 


Edmund  ffaning 


Naihaniell  Checfbrough 

34:    I 

John  gallop  senior 


inr  James  Noyes 


John  ffrinke 


Mliilia  Chcerijrough 

33:    a 

James  yorkc  Junior 


Tho  flanton  junior 


Nathaniell  Beebe 


Kphraim  minor 

43 :  26 

John  Renols  senior 


inoscs  palmer 

14:   9 

Roger  fteere 


James  Yorke  senior 


John  (ha 


Jolin  ftanton 


John  Searles 


Tho :  wheeler 


Robert  ffleming 


louftenantSamell  mason 

Robert  Holmes 


hy  ihe  maior 


Mrs  Anna  Chefbrough 

36:   3 

Joseph  minor 


by  Nathaniell  Chefbrough 

John  Bcnit 


Mrs  Rebeckah  palmer 

17:   6 

isark  wheeler 


by  gershom  palmer 

John  Dcnison 


Henrie  fteevens 


Jusia  witer 


Ezekiell  niaine 

13 :24" 

The  homestead  farm  of  Edmund  Fanning  in  Stoningtoni 
where  he  resided  at  the  time  of  his  death  in  16831^  was 
embraced  in  two  grants  of  land  made  him  from  that  town 
in  1665  ^"d  1670.  These  two  tracts  by  vote  of  the  town 
wore  laid  out,  one  of  one  hundred  acres,  the  3d  of  Febru- 
ary, 1667,  and  the  other  of  twenty  acres,  the  28th  of 
I'cbruary,  1673.     They  were  situated,  as  before  stated. 

*  rrovcd  by  Deed  of  Thomas  Fanning  to  Lt.  James  A  very.  Dee.  18,  1693 
(viilti  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  ii.,  p.  213),  and  also  by  Deed  of  James  Fan- 
mwK.l"  same,  Jan.  19,  1692-3  (ibid.,  II.,  p.  212.) 

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iwt>  inilrs  iu>rtli  nf  OM  Myslic,  on  the  east  side  of  Mys- 
tic Kivcr.  After  the  huul  went  out  of  the  possession 
of  the  l«\innin«js,  it  finally  became  nierj»ccl  into  the  ••  Ilcmp- 
stcnd  I'arm,"  so  known  for  many  jj^Mierations.  Just  south 
of  this  farm  was  a  level  tract  called  "  Hempstead  Plains/' 
the  old  Indian  name  of  which  locality  was '*  Cutthungaup," 
or  "Kithunsank/'* 

IJy  reference  to  the  map  included  in  this  volume  the 
reader  will  readily  observe  the  dimensions  of  the  farm. 
The  one  hundred  acres  was  in  the  form  of  a  rectangular 
parallelogram,  lying  west  northwest  and  east  southeast, 
and  the  twenty  acres  adjoined  it  at  its  southeast  corner. 
This  tract  was  bounded  on  the  south  by  Robert  Hemp- 
stead's grant  of  two  hundred  acres,  west  by  Mystic  Urook, 
north  by  Nathaniel  Beebe,  east  by  lleebc  and  conmion 
land,  which  common  land  was  in  1669  laid  out  to  Robert 
Fleming.  Robert  Hempstead  laid  claim  to  his  two  hun- 
dred acres  through  a  grant  from  the  town  of  Pequot,  Feb- 
ruary 19,  1652,*  and  which  farm  he  called  his  **  Pequot 
Farm."  The  bounds  of  this  two  hundred  acres,  however, 
were  not  established  until  the  12th  of  September,  17 10, 
and  were  recorded  by  his  son,  Joshua  Hempstead,  9th  of 
March,  1 7 1 9.  These  bounds  seem  to  have  conflicted  with 
Fanning's  on  the  northeast  corner.  On  the  29th  of  April, 
1 7 10,  the  following  protest  and  caution  was  entered  on 
the  Stonington  Records  by  Joshua  Hempstead : 

"  JcHiua  Hemftead  of  New  London  enter  caution  in  Record  in 
Stonington  againfl  any  Perfons  Entring  Pofsefion  on  a  Certain 
Grant  of  two  hundred  acres  of  upland  or  on  any  Part  of  ye  same 

*  Called  aUo  Kithunggansik  Plain.    Viilc  Stonington  Deeds,  ».,  330. 

•  Vide  New  London  Deeds,  Book  11.,  p.  3, 

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Granted  by  ye  town  of  New  London  (aUas  Peqaott)  unto  Robt 
Hemftead,  bounded  near  MiAick  River  with  Land  given  Pftter 
Blachford  on  ye  South,  and  with  Comon  Land  on  ye  North;  ft 
on  ye  Eaft;  sd  Comon  being  since  gmted  by  ye  Town  of 
Stonington  to  Edmond  Faning  Senor  of  ye  same  Stonington. 
Apr"*.  29*  1710.  Entred  upon  Record  AprieU  99*  17x0. 
per  Elnathan  Minor  Town  Qerk.** 

In  order  to  remedy  the  boundary  line  interference  the 
Town  (had)  voted  April  29,  1679  an  additional  one  hun- 
dred acres  of  land  to  Fanning  in  lieu  of  the  portion  claimed 
by  Hempstead : 

''The  same  day  it  was  unanimously  Agreed  And  voated  that 
Edmund  faning  Seni^ :  hath  granted  him  A  hundred  Acres  of  Land 
in  the  Town  Commons  not  intrenching  upon  any  former  grant, 
which  grant  is  in  Confiderstion  of  some  part  of  his  former  grant 
being  taken  from  him,  the  same  intrenching  upon  hemfteada 
former  grant  &  being  layed  out  to  hemftead  by  order  of  New 
London^before  the  sayd  fimings  gnmt  stood  in  foroe.*^ 

If  there  was  any  further  contention  over  these  two 
tracts  of  land,  the  bounds  of  which  had  been  in  dispute, 
the  matter  was  certainly  settled,  and  very  effectively  at  that, 
by  the  purchase  by  Joshua  Hempstead,  in  March,  I7IS>- 
30,  of  the  Fanning  one  hundred  acres,  and  its  con- 
solidation with  his  own  farm*  At  that  time  the  Fanning 
land  had  gone  out  of  its  possession  by  the  family,  and 
through  various  transfers  had  finally  become  the  property 
of  Edward  Ashby,  who  deeded  it  to  Joshua  Hempstead, 
son  of  Robert  Hempstead,  on  the  above  date. 

The  original  grant  to  Edmund  Fanning  of  one  hundred 
acres  contained  much  more  than  that  area,  not  an  unusual 

*  vide  StOBiagton  Recotdi,  Town  Voto^  Book  n^  p.  31. 

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instance,  in  the  case  of  early  grants.  It  was  270  rods  long 
on  its  north  and  south  lines,  and  129  rods  on  its  east  line, 
making  double  the  acreage  stated  in  the  grant 

North  of  Edmund  Fanning  lay  Nathaniel  Becbc's  farm. 
This  was  acquired  by  two  grants  of  land,  one  of  sixty  and 
one  of  fifty  acres,  the  former  of  which  was  laid  out  the 
same  date  as  Fanning's,  February  3,  1667.  This  one 
hundred  and  ten  acres  afterwards  became  the  property  of 
William  Denison,  and  later  came  down  through  successive 
transfers  to  Capt  John  Denison,  and  still  later  to  Charles 
Phelps,  and  was  known  by  the  name  of  the  Phelps  or 
Cleveland  farm.  After  that  it  went  into  the  possession 
of  the  Wheeler  family,  and  is  now  owned  in  the  most  part 
by  the  Clark  N.  Whitford  heirs,  the  Wheeler  lands  still 
bordering  on  the  east. 

On  the  southeast  of  Fanning  lay  Robert  Fleming,  who, 
in  addition  to  his  thirty  acre  grant  in  1669  from  the  town 
of  Stonington,  acquired  die  next  year  one  hundred  and 
fiffy  acres  from  Aaron  Stark.  The  southwest  portion  of 
this  land  of  Fleming  soon  became  the  property  of  Thomas 
Atwood,  and  later  went  to  Deacon  Elisha  Bennett,  who 
had  also  acquired  in  1776,  forty-two  acres  of  the  original 
Fanning  grant  adjoining.  The  Bennett  descendants  still 
own  largely  here  at  the  present  time. 

Peter  Blatchibrd  very  early  had  a  grant  of  land  south 
of  Robert  Hempstead,  which  went  by  purchase  to  Robert 
Park,  who  bounded  him  on  the  south.  A  strip  of  land 
thirty-one  rods  deep  running  from  Mystic  River  easterly 
about  three  hundred  and  fifty  rods,  and  south  of  and  ad- 
joining Robert  Hempstead,  was  sold  by  the  Parks  in  1668 
to  John  Fish,  whose  home-lot  was  still  further  east  and 

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adjoined  southerly  on  Robert  Fleming^  and  on  Edmund 
Tanning's  grant  of  twenty  acres. 

On  the  24th  of  August,  1697,  Thomas  and  Dorothy 
Park  sold  to  Ebcnezer  Williams  two  hundred  and  ftSty 
acres  "  at  Cutthungaup/'  bounding  Joshua  Hempstead  on 
the  south.  This  land  and  more  adjoining  it  remained  in 
the  Williams  family  for  many  generations,  and  some  of  it 
is  even  now  owned  by  their  descendants. 

Edmund  Fanning's  farm  of  one  hundred  and  twenty 
acres,  at  his  death  in  1683,  was  given  over  to  the  use  of 
the  widow,  Ellen,  and  youngest  son,  James,  and  soon  after 
was  divided  between  the  sons,  Thomas  and  James.  Thomas 
had  the  northern  portion  of  sixty  acres,  including  the 
house,  and  James  the  southern  portion  of  equal  size. 
James  sold  his  share  with  a  house  thereon,  to  Lt.  James 
Avery  January  19,  1692-3  ;*  and  Thomas  his  portion,  in- 
cUiding  the  original  Fanning  house,  December  18,  1693.* 
Lt.  Avery  retained  it  until  the  13th  of  March,  1703-4,  when 
he  sold  it  to  William  Park.'  Park  sold  one  hundred 
acres  of  it  on  the  3d  of  October,  171 2,  to  Anthony  Ashby 
of  Groton,*  who  left  it  in  his  will,  14th  of  December,  171 2, 
to  his  brother,  Edward  Ashby,  and  his  children.*  From 
Edward  Ashby  it  was  deeded  to  Joshua  Hempstead,  in 
March,  1719-20,*  and  was  thus  absorbed  into  the  Hemp- 
stead Farm,  which  by  this  addition  was  enlarged  to  about 
five  hundred  acres.  This  farm  remained  in  the  possession 
of  the  Hempstead  family  (with  the  exception  of  forty-two 

>  Vide  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  n.,  p.  2I2«  *Ibid.,  ii.,  p.  aij. 

'Ibid.,  11^  pp.  X05  and  494.  ^Ibid.,  II.,  p.  495. 

*  Vide  New  London  Wills,  Book  A.,  p.  676. 
'Vide  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  Ill.»  p.  126. 


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acres  1)11  its  norilicast  corner,  whicli  was  deeded  to  Deacon 
Elisha  Dennett  in  1776)  until  18 12,  when  it  was  divided 
into  strips  running  east  and  west  and  left  by  will  of  Joshua 
Hempstead  to  his  heirs.*  Later,  portions  of  the  farm  were 
deeded  to  various  owners,  and  have  long  since  gone  out 
of  the  hands  of  the  Hempsteads,  although  the  locality  is 
still  spoken  of  as  '*  Hempstead  Plains." 





Ci«r«iu  mcu 




Later  known  as  Uie  Robert  Hempstead  Place 

The  site  of  Edmund  Fanning's  house,  which  was  located 
near  the  centre  of  the  farm,  about  twenty-five  rods  from 
the  north  line  is  marked  now  only  by  a  cellar-hole.  The 
house  was  more  recently  known  as  the  Robert  Hemp- 
stead place,  and  was  torn  down  in  the  summer  of  1842  by 

Wide  New  London  Probate  Records,  Book  vii„  p.  55. 

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Clark  N.  Whitronl,  its  owner.     The  ham,  which    sUkhI 
about  sixty  feet  south-southwest  from  the  house,  had  dis-    '■ 
appeared  previous  to  that  time.     The  original  house  was    ! 
a  small  one-story  building,  with  a  stone  chimney  on  its 
west  end.   This  building  was  afterwards  added  to,  making 
quite  a  substantial  structure,  though  it  was  smaller  than 
the  one  his  brother  James  built  some  eighty  rods  south-    . 
ward.     The  Edmund  Fanning  house  had  a  straight  roof,    \ 
and  faced  south,  as  a  majority  of  the  houses  did  in  those 
days,  and  was  built  in  the  style  of  the  times.     Traces 
of  the  cellar  still  remain,  as  well  as  of  an  outside  cellar 
a  short  distance  northerly.      Near  the  latter  is    the   re-    ; 
nuiins  of  an  old  cattle-pen,  and  a  crib  stood    northeast 
of  the  house  about  ninety  feet.     Water  was  supplied  to 
the  premises  by  a  brook  that  ran  north  of  the  house  and 
into  a  little  pond  or  reservoir  thirty  or  forty  feet  in  diam-    i 
etcr.   The  last  occupant  of  the  house  was  Benjamin  Noyes. 
His  son,  the  present  William  B.  Noyes  of  Mystic,  well 
remembers  residing  in  the  Fanning  house  in  his  boyhood. 
Clark  N.  Whitford,  who  died  November  S,  1901,  at  the  age 
of  eighty-one  years,  and  owned  the  tract,  and  his  brother- 
in-law,  Warren  Wheeler,  aged  eighty-two,  both  well  re- 
member the  old  house,  and  attest  its  great  antiquity. 

The  outlet  of  this  farm  was  a  path,  or  pentway,  leading 
from  Edmund  Fanning's,  southerly  down  by  James  Fan- 
ning's  house,  (the  site  of  which  is  now  occupied  by  Everard 
Whitford's  house) ,  and  by  Samuel  Hempstead's  house  (now 
Philetus  A.  Brown's)  and  thence  still  further  south,  past 
the  east  end  of  the  peat  swamp  down  to  the  Milltown 
Road,  coming  out  by  the  Peleg  Williams  house.  Another 
old  path  led  easterly  from  a  point  midway  between  Sam- 
uel and  Joshua  Hempstead's,  and  came  out  by  the  Robert 

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Hempstead,  Jr.,  place,  now  owned  by  the  Israel  E.  Dewey 
heirs,  and  so  on  over  to  the  Milltown  Road.  Another 
path  led  northwest  from  Edmund  Fanning's  house  to 
Mystic  Brook  and  across  the  "Riding-way"  up  to  Ed- 
mund Fanning,  Jr.'s  farm,  now  known  as  the  Barnes  place. 
Another  path  seems  to  have  led  directly  cast  from  Fan- 
ning's near  his  north  line,  and  then  turning  southeasterly 
skirted  around  to  the  Bennett  burying  ground,  and  struck 
the  Milltown  Road  there.  Still  another  path  led  from 
Samuel  Hempstead's  south  line  directly  west  past  the  old 
cellar-hole  of  George  Hempstead  across  Mystic  Brook  to 
the  highway.  A  short  path  also  led  from  Edmund  Fan- 
ning's house  directly  west  to  the  brook  and  across  that  to 
the  Gallup  farm.  Most  of  these  old  paths  have  traces  left. 
They  were  the  only  outlets  to  the  farm;  no  highways  at 
that  time  traversed  this  tract.  The  first  highway  to  be 
laid  out  here  was  the  Milltown  Road  running  from  Mystic 
village  northeasterly  to  Milltown,  which  road  was  laid  out 
June  23,  1766.*  This  layout  was  not  recorded,  however, 
at  Stonington  until  one  hundred  years  later,  Januarv  19, 

The  next  highway  constructed  across  the  farm  was  the 
**  Indian  Town  Road,"  so  called,  ordered  laid  out  by  the 
town  of  Stonington,  November  20,  1854.  This  highway 
ran  from  the  Milltown  Road  northerly  across  Hempstead 
Plains  up  to  the  Ledyard  town  line  at  Mystic  Brook.  The 
road  where  built  across  the  swamp  sank  from  sight  not 
long  after  its  construction,  and  after  being  rebuilt  two  or 
three  times  was  finally  abandoned  at  that  point,  and  one 
half  mile  of  it  reconstructed  in  a  new  locality  further  east, 

^  Vide  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  xxx.,  p.  419. 

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passing  around  by  Philetus  A.  Brown  and  Everard  Whit- 
ford's  houses,  and  joining  the  old  road  again  just  north  of 
the  swamp.  This  alteration  was  made  May  1 1.  1866,  by 
a  committee  appointed  by  the  Superior  Court,  land  being 
given  for  the  purpose  by  its  owners. 

A  third  highway  was  laid  out  about  1880,  running 
northerly  from  the  Milltown  Road  past  the  old  Deacon 
Elisha  Bennett  house  and  up  by  Clark  N.  Whitford's  to 
Charles  S.  Bennett's,  and  from  that  point  westerly  to  the 
Indian  Town  Road.  From  this  point  west  a  short  piece  of 
highway  was  also  laid  out  to  Mystic  Brook  in  September, 

As  previously  stated,  Mystic  River  or  Brook  bordered 
Fanning  and  Hempstead's  Stonington  farms  on  the 
west.  The  "Long  Swamp,"  so  called  in  the  early  deeds, 
one  hundred  and  twenty  rods  long  by  seventy-five  rods 
wide,  lies  between  the  brook  and  the  Indian  Town  Road 
on  land  now  of  Everard  VVhitford  and  Philetus  A.  Brown, 
This  swampy  land,  lying  directly  between  the  western  parts 
of  their  farms,  does  not  seem  to  have  been  claimed  by 
cither  Hempstead  or  Fanning  in  the  early  times,  and  it 
is  difficult  to  determine  who  owned  it,  although  it  came 
outside  of  Hempstead's  later  bounds,  and  probably  was 
included  in  the  Fanning  tract 

A  brief  mention  also,  of  the  old  houses  on  this  Fanning* 
Hempstead  tract  may  not  be  inappropriate.  A  very  an- 
cient house,  with  gambrcl-roof  and  projecting  eaves,  is 
that  of  Philetus  A.  Brown.  It  was  probably  built  by  one 
of  the  early  Hcmpstcads,  and  dates  back  one  hundred  and 
fifty  or  two  hundred  years,  though  its  exact  age  cannot 
now  be  determined. 

'Vide  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  xxxviir.,  p.  320. 

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The  Deacon  ICIisha  lionnelt  house  is  an  old  stnictiirc, 
built  probably  about  1776,  when  Deacon  Uennett  i)ur- 
chased  his  forty-two  acres  of  land  from  the  Ilempsteads. 
It  is  located  at  the  east  end  of  the  old  Kannin^  tract,  not 
far  from  the  Bennett  burying  {jround,  on  the  road  laid  out 
about  18S0,  which  runs  north  from  the  Milltown  road.  It 
is  a  short  distance  south  of  the  Clark  N.  Whitford  house. 
The  latter  is  an  older  house  than  that  of  Deacon  IJennett, 
its  oldest  part  having  been  built  long  before  the  Revolu- 
tionary War. 

The  house  now  owned  by  the  Israel  E.  Dewey  heirs,  a 
little  southwest  from  the  Deacon  Elisha  Kcnnett  house, 
was  built  probably  by  Robert  Hempstead,  Jr.  He  lived 
there  in  18 12  and  1823  as  proved  by  the  Stonington 
records.  It  later  belonged  tc  Ephraim  T.  Bennett.  North 
of  this  house  is  one  owned  by  the  Jesse  Bennett  heirs, 
which  is  a  modern  structure.  One  of  the  oldest  houses 
in  this  vicinity  stands  on  the  Milltown  road  at  a  point  fif- 
teen rods  southeast  of  Fanning's  twenty  acre  grant.  It  is 
now  owned  and  occupied  by  Benjamin  A.  Brown.  There 
is  little  doubt  that  this  was  the  original  John  Fish  house, 
built  soon  after  16S1,  when  he  received  his  fifty  acre  grant 
from  the  town  of  Stonington.  In  a  deed  in  the  year  1720 
this  old  house  is  spoken  of  as  being  the  property  of  Capt. 
Samuel  Fish  (son  of  John  Fish),  and  occupied  at  that 
time  by  Joseph  Bennett.  Elisha  Bennett,  Jr.,  lived  there 
in  1815.  The  general  appearance  of  this  house  as  well  as 
various  marks  prove  its  great  antiquity. 

The  Charles  Whiting  house,  now  owned  and  occupied 
by  William  J.  Williams,  stands  on  the  Indian  Town  Road, 
about  in  the  centre  of  the  Hempstead  tract,  a  few  rods 

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north  of  its  southern  boundary.  The  house  was  built  by 
Mr.  Whiling  about  1836.  The  older  VVhitinf^  house  stood 
just  north  of  this  one,  and  was  probably  built  by  Cyrus 
Peckhaiii,  of  whom  Whiting  bought  the  property.  It  was 
a  one-story  house  and  faced  south.  Across  the  road  stands 
the  old  barn,  and  south  of  that  another  modern  barn  has 
been  erected.  The  older  house  was  torn  down  about  1890. 
An  outdoor  cellar  was  cast  of  the  house,  and  also  an  old 
shop  where  the  Whitings  made  sieves. 

There  are  two  burying  grounds  on  this  Fanning  tract: 
the  Hempstead  and  Bennett  burying  grounds.  The  for- 
mer is  directly  west  of  Everard  Whitford's  house,  and  the 
IJennett  burying  place  is  at  the  extreme  northeast  corner 
of  the  original  Fanning  farm.  Both  were  created  after  tlic 
land  went  out  of  the  possession  of  the  Fannings,  A  few 
Hempstead  graves  are  located  near  the  extreme  south  line 
of  the  Hempstead  farm,  directly  east  of  the  William  J. 
Williams  house.  The  family  burying  ground  of  the  Fan- 
nings was  across  the  brook,  on  the  Groton  side,  and  b 
fully  described  elsewhere. 

The  second  drawing  of  lots  by  the  inhabitants  of  the 
town  of  Stonington  took  place  February  9,  1680,  following 
a  vote  passed  the  May  previous  that  each  inhabitant  should 
have  one  hundred  acres.  There  were  forty-nine  inhabitants 
at  that  time  who  were  divided  up  into  divisions  of  six  each, 
and  each  division  was  required  to  choose  and  lay  out  its 
grants  in  the  week  allotted. 

The  record  of  the  Town  Meeting  and  list  of  names  fol- 

"fcbruarie  9"*  16S0: 
The  same  day  it  was  voated  that  the  Respective  inhabitants 
whoc  are  to  draw  Letts  this  day  shall  according  to  their  Lotts  bee 
in  number  Six  to  A  week  to  seek  &  lay  out  their  grants  according 

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to  prcvclcdgcs  by  Lott  soe  time  &  place  and  in  Cafe  Any  shall 
neglect  or  outstand  his  p  per  time,  it  shall  bee  legall  for  the  next 
in  place  to  p  ceed  and  the  firfl  Six  are  to  begin  on  munday  next 
after  the  dabte  hereof  which  will  bee  the  14'''  of  this  Inftant: 

the  firft  six  are 

ni'  —  Chefobrough 


John  Dcnifon 


widow  gallop 


Henry  Stevens 


Robert  holmes : 


Cap*.  Denifon 


Jofiah  witter : 


John  fifli 


Thomas  Sha^ : 


m'Tho:  Stanton  Sen' 


John  Sha^ : 


John  frink 


Nehemiah  palmer 


James  york  Jun' 


Ezekiell  mayn 


John  Searles 


Jofcph  minor 


mofes  palmer 


Thomas  Sianion  Jun' 


Benjamin  palmer 


JuhiJ  Sum(»n 


James  york  Sen'. 


Tliomas  Bell 


John  lienett 


XathaniellChefcbrough  13 

Robert  fleming 


Samucll  mafoa 


M'  James  Noicc 


John  gallop  Jun' 


Ephraim  minor 


Roger  Stcre 


Samuell  Chefebrough 


John  Renalls 


Thomas  wheler 


Isack  wheler 


Daniell  roafon 


Thomas  minor 


Thomas  Edwards 


Nalhanicll  bcby 


SamucU  parks 


gcrfliom  palmer 


Jofhua  Holms 


m'  Richcfon  Sen' 


Daniell  Shaw 


Kdmund  faning 


Edward  yeomons 


Jofeph  Stanton 


Tho:  Rofe 


Thomas  Renalls 


^  W.e  Slur.iniston  RccvvOss  Tow  n  Votes,  etc,  frtmi  1673,  Book  lU  PP»  35 
*na  37. 

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April  6,  1669,  Edmund  Fanningfs  name  appears  in  a 
list  of  forty-one  inhabitants  of  Stonington  who  signed  a 
petition  to  the  Town  requesting  that  thirty  acres  of  land 
be  granted  their  "neighbor  and  (Trend  Robert  ffleming";' 
and  again  in  December,  l673»  in  a  list  of  tliirty-one  in- 
habitants' names  requesting  the  Town  to  grant  forty  acres 
to  Edward  Yeamans.' 

In  1676  we  find  Edmund  Fanning^s  name  with  seven- 
teen other  inhabitants  of  Stonington,  in  a  list  of  contribu- 
tors to  a  fund  raised  for  James  Dean  to  induce  him  to 
settle  in  their  town,  as  appears  from  the  following  record: 

"At  A  publick  Town  meting  Legally  warned  to  be  on  februaiy 
the  26*^ :  1676  :  For  Incouragement  of  James  Dean,  in  order  to 
his  Sctlement  in  our  Town — Sundry  Inhabitants  doe  ingage  them- 
selves to  pay  unto  the  sayd  Dean  A  Ccrtayn  sum,  which  for  and 
in  Conlideration,  the  sayd  Dean  p  mifeth  to  repay  all  sutch  per- 
fons  in  Smithery  work  as  each  partee  shall  have  occation  for : 
And  that  thefe  prefents  shall  Reciprocally  bee  binding  each  to 
the  other : 

The  firft  m'  Stanton  Seni' :  p  mifeth  five  pounds — 

m'  Amos  Richefon  &  his  Sun  Steven  five  pounds — 

Nehemiah  palmer  twentie  shillings — 

Nathaniell  Chefebrough  twentie  shillings — 

Thomas  Stanton  Jun' :  twentie  shillings — 

Ephraim  minor  twentie  shillings — 

Joseph  minor  twentie  shillings— 

goodman  Renalls  and  his  Sunn  Thomas  fortie  shillings — 

Thomas  Bell  twentie  shillings — 

Henry  Stevens  twentie  shillings — 

Edmund  fanning  twentie  shillings — 

Jofliuah  holms  twenty  shillings — 

Wide  Stonington  Records,  Book  i.,  p.  loi. 

*Ibid.,p.  82. 

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K/.cikcll  mayii  Iwcntic  sliillii)gs-— 
Siinucll  iniiior  twciilic  sliilliii^^N — 
Adciin  gallop  twoiitiv  shillings — 
m'  James  Noys  tciui  shillings — 
gooJman  Scarl  Iwcnlic  shillings — 

The  sum  Above  mentioned  is  to  bee  payed  to  James  Dean  at 
some  place  in  Stonington  where  he  may  or  shall  dwell :  in  either 
pork  butter,  or  wheat  at  or  before  the  Lad  of  November  next 
enfuing  after  the  dable  hereof:  the  species  mentioned  are  to 
bee  payed  at  price  curent" :  * 

Edmund  Fanning  appears  to  have  had  a  prominent 
share  in  the  building  of  the  meeting-house  (First  Congre- 
gational Church)  at  Stonington,  located  on  Agreement 
Hill.  This  church  was  formally  organized  June  3,  1674. 
The  building  was  erected  by  subscriptions  of  timber, 
shingles,  nails,  etc.,  from  the  inhabitants,  and  was  used 
for  service  until  taken  down  to  make  way  for  a  nev/  build- 
ing erected  in  1729.     The  record  follows: 

"At  A  Town  meting  Legally  warned  September  the  6*  1677  : 

firft  by  order  of  the  select  men  the  ReCorder  for  memorandum 
sake  was  defired  to  enter  each  —  p  portion  of  work,  which  they 
voluntarily  render  to  doe  provided  they  may  bee  exempted  for 
farther  charge  Concerning  the  Jaubing  &  Clabording  the  Re- 
mayning  part  of  the  houfe  for  this  prefent  exigence  : 

firil  m'  Amos  Richefon  Lieutenant  mafon  m'  Daniell  mafon 
And  Thomas  Edwards  promis  to  doe  the  South  fide  up  to  the 
girt  even  to  the  twoo  end  dores — 

z^y  goodman  faning  goodman  fifti  goodman  Bennett  &  Robert 
holmes  to  doe  from  the  pulpit  to  the  Sout  weft  end  dore — 

3  gerfliom  palmer  Jofeph  minor  Ezeikiell  mayn  &  John  Shaw 
from  the  pulpit  to  the  Northeaft  end  dore — 

*  Vide  Stonington  Records,  Town  Votes,  Book  ll.,  p.  21. 

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4  nr  wells  hath  ^'vcn  five  shillings  in  money  towards  p  Curin;; 
[•lals  (or  the  nurling  hourc — 

5  \W  Natlmnicll  Chclcliroiigh  &  ni'  ICphmiui  minor  p  mifc  to 
p  Cure  glafs  the  Soiithealt  iiper  window — 

6  m' Steven  Richefon  to  pCurc  glafs  for  the  Norteafl  end 
window — 

7  ni'  henry  Stevens  hath  Received  the  five  shillings  in  money 
before  mentioned  i^  doth  ingagc  to  |)Ctirc  glafs  to  glase  the 
south  well  end  window — 

8  m'  John  liadcock  &  m'  Jodiuah  holmes  p  mife  to  p  Cure 
glafs  to  glafe  the  Eaftcr  moft  uper  fide  window —  . 

9  John  Stanton  ingageth  A  pair  of  hinges  for  the  South  Dore 
&  hooks — 

10  goodman  fifli  pmfeth  hinges  &  hooks  to  the  South   weft 
end  dore 

1 1  James  Dean  hinges  &  hooks  for  the  Northeaft  end  dore 

12  John  gallop  ingageth  to  pCure  an  Iron  latch  &  Chetch  & 
hafp  &  Ring  &  SCuchin — 

nextly  for  the  smiths  in  Couragement  ra'  Richefon  p  mifeth  to 
Chart  the  thatch  to  Cover  his  houfe :  &  to  allow  htm  twoo  days 
work  more : 

2  Adam  gallop  Thomas  Edwards  &  Thomas  faning  pmife  to 
Cutt  the  thatch  for  his  houfe : 

3  Leivotenant  mafon  &  gerfliom  palmer  each  of  them  one  days 
work  in  Charting — 

4  m'  wheler  p  mifeth  him  two  hundred  of  laths — "  * 

In  1673  \vc  find  Edmund  Fanning  sci-ving  as  town  con- 
stable of  Stonington : 

"The  :  26  :  of  ffebruarie  :  1673  ; 
The  same  day  Edmund  ffaning  gerflium  palmer  and  Thomas 
Bell  were  Chosen  Conflables  for  the  yeare  ensueing  as  Above 
writen :     and  the  same  day  they  were  all  sworne"^ 

'  Vide  Stonington  Records,  Town  Votes,  Uook  II.,  p.  23.        *  Ibid.,  p.  6. 

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Edmund  Fanning  was  made  a  freeman  of  Stonington 
by  the  General  Court  at  Hartford  the  17th  of  May,  1673  : 

"A  Court  of  Election  held  at  Hartford,  May  17,  1673 — Per- 
sons presented  to  be  made  free : — For  Stonington  L"*  Samuell 
Mason,  Daniel  Mason,  Ezekiell  Mayn,  John  Searles,  Edmun  Fan- 
ing,  James  Yorke  Jun',  Tho  :  Bell,  John  Gallop  Jun'."* 

He  took  the  Freeman's  Oath  the  27th  of  April,  1674: 

"The  27*^ :  of  Aprill :  1674  :  M'.  Daniell  Mason,  Edmund  ifan- 
ing  John  Searles  and  Thomas  Bell  all  Tooke  the  ffreemens  oath  :" 

"The  :  28"':  of  Aprill  1674  :  Ezekiell  Mayne  and  John  gallop 
Junior  The  ffree  men  oath"* 

In  16S0  Edmund  Fanning  was  elected  a  surveyor  of 
highways : 

"At  A  Town  meting  Lcgall-  warned  December  30***  1680 : 
The  Same  day  Jolluui  Huhnes  &  Edmund  faning  Senio'  was 
Surveighors  of  the  Town  highwayes."' 

Edmund  Fanning  served  in  King  Philip's  War,  1675-76, 
as  did  also  his  sons  Edmund,  Thomas  and  John.* 

His  name  appears  in  the  list  of  "Volunteers"  who  drew 
"Cedar  Swamp  Lots,"  so  called.  These  Lots  were  granted 
the  English  volunteers  who  served  in  the  Narraganset  War 
as  compensation  and  reward  for  their  services.  The  Court 
of  Connecticut  made  the  grant  in  1696,  and  confirmed  it 
in  1700.  On  July  ist  of  the  following  year  the  volun- 
teers held  a  meeting  at  which  a  committee  was  chosen  to 

*  Vide  Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut,  1665-1677,  edited  by  J.  Hammond 
Trumbull,  A.  M.,  Hartford,  1852,  Vol.  II.,  p.  201. 

•  Viilc  Stonington  Records,  Book  r.,  p.  129.    '  Ibid.,  Town  Voles,  li.,  p.  35, 
*Thc  list  of  names  of  the  English  Volunteers  in  the  Narraganset  War  is  in 

the  old  rroprietors*  Record  Book,  No.  i,  p.  2,  at  Voluntown,  Conn.  A  pub- 
lished list  will  be  found  in  "  Soldiers  in  King  Philip's  War,"  by  George  M. 
Bodge,  A.  B.,  Leominster,  Mass.,  1S96,  pp.  442-446. 

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prepare  the  list  of  grantees  and  to  decide  on  the  merits  of 
their  claims.  The  tract  granted  covered  an  area  six  miles 
square.  The  Lots  were  laid  out  in  Voluntown,  Connecti- 
cut, which  became  known  as  the  "  Volunteer  Country." 
Edmund  Fanning's  heirs  drew  Lot  No.  ioi»  of  eight/ 

A  close  friendship  existed  between  the  Fanning  and 
Fish  families  of  the  first  and  second  generations.  Possibly 
there  was  an  intermarriage  of  which  no  record  now  exists. 
Both  families  settled  in  New  London  and  Stonington  at 
the  same  time.  John  Fish  is  said  to  have  been  of  Lynn, 
Mass.,  in  1635,*  Sandwich  1637,  Stratford,  Conn.»  1654, 
New  London  1655,  and  Stonington  in  1668.  Edmund 
Fanning  and  John  Fish's  homestead  farms  in  Stonington 
adjoined,  as  did  also  the  lands  of  the  second  generation 
in  Groton,  wlrere  Lieutenant  John  Fanning  and  Captain 
Samuel  Fish  resided.  In  a  deed,  in  1702,*  Captain  Sam- 
uel Fish  speaks  of  his"  loving  kinsman  Mr.  John  ffanning," 
who  was  his  partner  in  certain  business  transactions,  and 
who  purchased  land  with  him  of  Colonel  John  Pynchon 
on  Fort  Hill,  Groton.  While  the  expression,  "loving 
kinsman  "  as  it  was  used  in  those  days  did  not  necessarily 
indicate  a  relationship  by  marriage,  it  showed  a  close  inti- 
macy between  the  two  families.  The  Records  of  the  First 
Congregational  Church,  Stonington,  also  show  that  Mar- 
garet, wife  of  Lieutenant  John  Fanning  and  her  daughter 
Mary,  were  baptised  the  same  day  (August  26,  1686)  as 
Sarah,  wife  of  Captain  Samuel  Fish,  and  her  two  sons, 
Samuel  and  John.  Other  baptisms  and  church  admissions 
at  Stonington  were  equally  indicative  also. 

'American  Family  Antiquities,  Vol.  Ul.,  p.  141. 
*Vide  Groton  Deeds,  Book  I.,  p.  12. 

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Thomas  Minor,  llic  early  settler  of  Stonington,  who 
was  prominent  in  town  alTairs,  makes  frequent  mention  of 
Edmund  Fanning  in  his  Diary  between  the  years  1663 
and  1675,  ^"^  follows:  * 

"The  .23.  of  march  I  was  informed  by  H  :  g :  that  Capt  georgc 
Denison  and  James  morgan  upon  the  .22.  of  march  being  Tusday 
1663-64  was  laing  out  of  land  at  uiisticke  for  Thomas  parke  Ed- 
mund faning  and  Nathaniell  Jk'be : " 

"The  29  of  Aprile  1664  Edmund  ffainings  Daughter  was 
drD\\'ned  and  buried  the  30  " 

(March  2,  1665)  "I  was  informed  by  Edward  ffanings  of  the 
broyle  between  Aron  &  Tho  parke  and  John  galop  *' 

"The  26th  of  Aprile  1665  ....  Emund  flanni[n]g  had  young 
daughter  the  same  day" 

(December  28,  1665)  *'A  Tjwne  meeting  the  month  being 
out"  etc.  "John  Packer  Edward  faning  was  there." 

(March  8,  1667)    "the  8  day  we  wer  at  ffanings" 

(August  31,  1669)  ".31.  day  tusday  I  gathered  hops  good- 
wife  flaning  was  hcare  with  lillie" 

(February  20,  1669/70)  "the  .20.  snow  (Tell  I  was  at  samuell 
Cheesbrouglis  and  had  16  pound  of  fllax  and  at  ffanings  to  speakc 
with  morgan : " 

(September  4,  1671)  "the  4  th.  of  this  month  we  agreed  with 
John  ascrafte  to  Leave  the  farm  Edmund  faning  Tho:  park 
Joseph  Morgan  Joshua  holmes  witnesses" 

(February  9,  1671/72)  "the  .9th.  day  Emund  was  heare 
wensday  the  .14  I  my  wife  was  at  the  farroe  and  good  wife  ffaning" 

(August  7,  1672)  "the  .7th.  day  wensday  Elizabeth  Witter 
was  buried  wee  wer  at  plowin  of  the  playne  I  and  my  Wife  was 
at  Edmund  franin£:s  " 

'  Vide  The  Diary  of  Thomas  .Minor,  Stonington,  Conn.,  1653  to  16S4,  by 
Sidney  II.  Miner  and  George  D.  Stanton,  Jr.,  New  London,  Conn.,  1S99. 

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(August  14,  1672)  "the  14th.  my  Wife  was  at  fanings  wee 
i^yd  out  20.  Ackers  of  Land  for  the  smilli " 

(March  15,  1674/75)  "the  15  day  of  inarch  ould  wheeler 
owed  to  goodwife  flaning  and  his  daughter  in  Law  that  he  p'mised 
pay  the  next  Rate  " 

(May  10,  1675)  "monday  the  loth.  my  wife  and  I  was  at 

After  this  date  references  to  Edmund  Fanning  cease, 
although  the  Diary  was  continued  by  Thomas  Minor  un- 
til July»  1684.  There  are  references  to  Edmund,  Jr.,  and 
to  Thomas  Fanning  up  to  1679. 

Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  died  intestate  at  Stonington 
in  December,  1683,  leaving  five  sons  and  one  daughter. 
Nearly  all  the  papers  connected  with  the  settlement  of  his 
estate  were  destroyed  by  the  infamous  Arnold  when  he 
burned  New  London,  September  6,  1781.  No  data  has 
been  preserved  which  gives  the  dates  of  the  births  of  his 
and  his  wife  Ellen's  children.  Nor  can  any  record  be  found 
of  the  dates  of  the  birth  and  marriage  of  Edmund,  or  of 
the  birth  of  his  wife  Ellen,  whose  maiden  name  has  not 
been  ascertained.  Their  marriage  took  place  in  Ireland, 
where  their  eldest  son,  Edmund,  was  born.  The  other 
children  were  born  in  this  country. 

Edmund  Fanning's  estate  was  settled  by  the  Probate 
Court  of  New  London,  by  which  it  appears  that  he  had 
bestowed  the  bulk  of  his  property  upon  his  four  eldest 
sons  and  daughter  during  his  lifetime,  each  receiving 
some  portion  of  the  estate  before  his  death.  What  was 
left  at  the  time  of  his  decease  was  given  to  the  widow, 
Ellen,  and  the  youngest  son,  James,  for  their  use  and  dis- 
posal under  certain  restrictions.  This  appears  by  a  record 
in  the  County  Court  Book  at  Norwich,  which  book  begins 

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with  the  year  i68i/unindexed  and  pages  not  numbered, 
as  follows : 

"Ye  Inventory  of  the  Estate  of  Edmund  fanning  exhibited  in 
Court  is  approved  &  ordered  to  be  recorded,  and  the  sonnes  of 
y®  s'  Edmund  ffanning  vizt  Edmund,  thomas  John  &  W"*  Faning 
&  Benj*  Hcwet  allsoe  appearing  in  Court  did  declare  in  openCourt 
that  they  did  rest  sattisfied  with  what  theire  Hon'*'  iTather  had 
bestowed  on  them  by  way  of  portions  in  his  lifetime  and  that 
therefore  they  did  desire  that  what  Estate  there  father  had  left 
as  at  ^^  Inventory  given  in  should  bee  att  there  loving  mothers 
disposal  to  use  &  dispoase  of  for  herselfe  &  there  youngest  broth- 
er &  to  w***  end  they  have  given  in  a  Certificate  unto  the  Court 
under  there  hands. 

"the  Inventory  of  y«  Estate  of  E*  Faning  being  exhibited  in 
Court  is  approved  &  ordered  to  bee  recorded  all  the  heirs  of 
Kdmimd  Fanning  except  y*  youngest  sonn  declaring  in  open 
Court  and  desiring  that  record  might  bee  made  of  it  y*  they  had 
received  there  portions  &  weare  Satisfied  &  did  agree  and  desire 
that  there  mother  might  have  the  use  &  propriety  of  y^  Estate  to 
her  dispoase  allowing  the  youngest  sonne  (James)  his  portion 
but  y*  widow  not  to  alieanate  the  Lands  from  the  heire  or  heires 
except  shee  hath  reall  need  for  her  Subsistance  w**  alination  shall 
bee  with  the  Consent  of  all  y«  heirs  or  approbation  of  the  Court 
"  As  attestc    Charles  Hill  Cler  " 

"This  Court  appoints  Capt  George  Denison  &  Capt.  Jon* 
Stanton  overseers  to  bee  helpfull  to  the  widow,  att  a  Court  held 
att  Stonington  January  22"*  1683-4" 

"  .  • .  .  the  widow  faning  to  pay  ten  shillings  for  the  setlement 
of  her  estat  it  being  don  at  a  called  Court  w*  R  the  Clerk  is  to 
demand  &  receive." 

Book  1669  to  1697  Norwich  Count/Court  Records  has 
the  following: 

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"(1687)  The  Inventory*  of  the  Estate  of  Edmond  (Tanning 
Deccafed  being  Exhibited  in  Courte  was  proved  and  ordered  to 
be  Recorded  and  this  Courte  Grants  power  of  Adminillration  to 
the  Rellircke*  &  to  John  ffaning  &  Mr  John  Gallop  &  Mr  John 
Morgan  upon  the  Widows  Defire  are  apointed  overfeers  to  the 
widow  &  children  and  Eftate  " 

Miss  CtiiilkJns,  in  her  History  of  New  London,  erro- 
neously says  that  the  estate  was  distributed  to  the  "  widow,  . 
Ellen  Fanning,  and  four  sons  and  two  grandsons,  William 
and  Benjanfiin  Hewitt."  Mary  Fanning,  the  daughter  of 
Edmund  Fanning,  was  married  to  Benjamin  Hewitt  Sep- 
tember 24,  16S3,  and  their  eldest  son,  Benjamin,  was  not 
born  until  August,  1688.  So  at  Edmund  Fanning's  death 
in  December,  16S3,  he  could  not  have  had  two  Hewitt 
grandsons  to  have  shared  their  mother's  portion  of  his  es- 
tate; first,  because  their  mother  was  living  at  the  time  of 
his  decease :  second,  because  at  that  time  she  had  no  issue. 

Miss  Caulkins  also  erred  in  giving  Edmund  Fanning 
but  four  sons.  There  were  five  as  appears  by  an  instru- 
ment on  the  Stonington  Records  executed  22  February, 
1683,  in  which  the  widow,  Mrs.  Ellen  Fanning,  and  her 
five  sons  unite  in  confirmation  of  the  sale  of  a  tract  of  land 
in  Stonington.     This  agreement  reads  as  follows: 

"  Know  all  men  by  thefe  Prefents,  that  I,  Ellen  ffaning  Relict 
to  my  Loving  hufband  Edmund  ffaning  Deceafed,  have  And  Doe 
by  thefe  prefents  with  the  free  Confent  of  my  sonns,  Ratifie  And 
Confirm  the  said  Sale  of  one  hundred  Acres  of  Land  unto  Mr. 
John  Allin  of  New  London,  which  tract  of  Land  was  by  Contract 
mutually  Agreed  upon  by  my  Loving  hufband  &  the  fayd  John 

*  No  inventory  or  record  can  be  found. 

*  Relict. 


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Allin  Aiul  I  Doc  Now  with  tlic  ("oiilVnt  \'  ^'o(ul  Api'ol>:Uioii  of 
my  Ions,  frely  fully  C5i  Abibliilcly  Ixiitific  ^  Confirni  ilic  Aforcsayd 
Contract  vS:  Doc  Clearly  ablblutcly  Alienate  pas  over  &  linfcofe 
unto  Mr.  John  Allin  of  New  London  in  the  Collony  of  Conccii- 
cott  one  hundred  Acres  of  Land  being  Scittuate  &  lying  ncer  un- 
to or  adjoyning  to  Land  formerly  layed  out  to  Thomas  parks  as 
it  doth  Appcare  j)laynly  &  dillinctly  by  the  Records  of  Stoning- 
ton  wee  tiie  fayd  Ellen  flaning  &  my  son  Edmund  flaning  witii 
the  Rell  of  my  fons  hereunto  subfcribed  doe  Acknowledg  the 
fayd  Sale  of  one  hundred  Acres  of  Land,  as  it  is  bounded  by  the 
surveighors  of  Stonington  originally  unto  Mr.  Edmund  flaning 
Senior  with  all  &  Singular  the  parts  &  Contents  thereof  with  the 
preveledges,  immunitie  as  may  hereafter  Acrew  as  Comons  Right 
unto  Commonige  with  the  wood  limber  under  wood,  water  and 
water  courfes,  mines,  mineralls  with  whatever  Doth,  or  may  Arife 
therefrom,  from  me  tlie  fayd  EUen  fianing  as  Executrix  to  my 
Loving  hufband  Deceafed  &  uf  Edmund  ffaning  Eldefl  Sonn  to 
my  honoured  father  Deceafed  &  Thomas  ffaning  John  &  william 
&  James  ffaning  Unto  Mr.  John  Allin  of  New  London  (yeoman) 
to  him  his  Heirs  Executors  Adminiftrators  And  AfTignes  for  Ever 
To  Have  And  to  hold  to  poffefs  &  enjoye  for  Ever  without  any  Lett 
hinderance  molellation  Ejection  or  diflurbance  in,  or,  About  the 
Aforefayd  bargayned  prcmifes.  Declaring  our  Selves  to  have  good 
And  Lawfull  Right  to  fullfill  &  Confirm  this  prefent  Deed  &  fliall 
at  all  times  be  Ready  vS:  willing  to  give  more  Ample  Deed  for  the 
farther  Confirmation  hereof  when  Ever  Legally  Called  thereunto 
as  witnefs  our  hands  this  twentie  Second  Day  of  februarie  in  the 
thirtie  fifth  yeare  of  the  Reign  of  his  majedie  Charles  the  Second 
King  of  England  Scotland  france  &  Ireland  Defender  of  the  fayth 
ore.  Ellen  faning  her  fir*  markc 

"Signed  fealed  &  Edmund  faning 

Delivered  in  the  prefence  Thomas  faning 

of  us  witnelTes :  John  faning 

Ephraim  Morse  :  William  faning 

John  Stanton  :  James  faning 

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M£i]en  ffiming  Appeared  And  Acknowledged  tbe  Above  writ- 
ten deed  before  me  SamneD  mafon  Affiftant 

'^Stonington  fefamarie  93d  1683 

''Tliis  Deed  was  Entred  in  Stonington  booke  for  deeds  in  foB 
119 :  this  ssth  of  maich  1683/84.**^ 

After  Edmund  Fannlng's  death  the  widow  was  admitted 
to  the  First  Congregational  Church  at  Stonington,  Octo- 
ber 2,  1684.' 

Of  the  death  of  MHdow  Ellen  Fanning  there  is  no  record, 
nor  of  any  settlement  of  her  estate.  She  was  living  in 
1687,  as  proved  by  the  Records  of  the  County  Court  at 
Norwich.  It  is  probable,  however,  that  she  died  before 
January,  1692-93,  when  the  homestead  farm  was  sold  by 
her  sons,  Thomas  and  James,  having  previously  been  di- 
vided between  them.  Edmund  and  his  wife  were  nodonlit 
buried  in  the  old  Fanning  buiying  ground  on  his  Groton 
farm,  but  with  unmarked  headstones. 

There  is  a  tradition,  which  is  current  among  tiie  old 
folks  of  Riverhead  town.  Long  Island,  where  one  branch 
of  the  &mily  settled,  that  Edmund  Fanning  brought  over 
the  first  summer  pear  tree  known  in  this  section,  and  that 
he  broui^t  it  over  in  a  wash-tub. 

The  foregoing  records  and  contemporaiy  accounts  in- 
dicate that  Edmund  Fanning  was  a  man  of  influence  and 
usefiikiess  in  the  community  with  which  he  connected 
himself  after  his  exile  from  his  native  land.  That  he  was 
held  in  the  esteem  of  his  neighbors  and  townspeople  is  ap- 
parent from  the  references  to  him  on  the  records,  and  the 
connection  in  which  his   name  is  linked  with  those  of 

*VUt  SUiulagteaDtcd^Book  n.,  p.  119. 

*Vid«  Hlitory  of  tbe  Ffnt  CoBgrcgitknMl  Oiwcli,  StoaiagtOB,  Coaa^  bjr 
RIdMrd  A.  Wbtdci^  Nofwich,  1 875.,  p.  189. 

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84  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

Morgan,  Minor,  Chesebrough,  Stanton  and  other  leaders 
in  the  Colony.  He  is  referred  to  in  the  Minor  Diary  in 
almost  endearing  terms  by  its  author,  who  says :  "  Edmund 
was  here/'  calling  him  by  his  Christian  name.  Further 
references  to  him  by  Minor  betoken  the  closest  friendship 
and  esteem.  His  prominent  connection  with  the  church, 
and  his  being  styled  therein  *^  goodman  fTaning,''  clearly 
show  his  standing  in  the  Community.  That  he  was  a  man  of 
influence  is  also  apparent  in  the  fact  that  he  received  large 
grants  of  land  from  the  towns  of  New  London  and  Ston- 
ington,  and  also  in  his  election  to  various  town  offices,  and 
the  prominent  part  he  took  in  the  affairs  of  those  places. 
That  he  performed  active  service  in  King  Philip's  war,  and 
took  three  of  his  sons  with  him  into  that  contest,  show  that 
he  was  not  backward  when  the  '.all  of  public  duty  sounded. 
He  must  have  possessed  uncommon  traits  to  have  attracted 
the  notice  of  Governor  Wintlirop,  whose  cariy  prot£g£  he 
became,  and  who  gave  him  a  settlement  on  Fishers  Island, 
and  long  continued  him  in  a  position  of  confidence  and 
responsibility.  He  readily  adapted  himself  to  the  cir- 
cumstances and  requirements  of  his  new  life,  coSperating 
in  every  practical  way  with  the  people  among  whom  he 
had  cast  his  lot*  and  giving  himself  wholly  to  their  interests. 
Although  it  would  naturally  be  inferred  that  in  his  early 
life  in  Ireland  Edmund  Fanning  was  a  Roman  Catholic  in 
belief,  there  is  no  positive  proof  of  this;  at  all  events  his 
being  made  a  freeman  in  Connecticut,  and  the  part  he 
had  in  the  building  of  the  church  in  Stonington,  show 
that  at  that  time  he  must  have  been  of  the  Protestant 
faith,  and  the  members  of  his  family  and  their  descendants 
have  remained  in  that  connection  to  the  present  time. 

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I.  EDMUND*  FANNING,  (b.  about  1620), 
ni.  at  ,  Ireland,  about  1649, 

(laughter  of  , 

and  b.  at 

Issue  five  sons  and  two  daughters  :^ 

+2.  I.  Edmund',  b.  at  ,  Ireland,  about  1651. 

3.  II,  Margaret'''  (probably),  b.  at  Pequot  (now  New  London), 
Conn.,  about  1653.  She  was  drowned  29  April,  1664, 
(supposed  in  Quiambog  Cove,  town  of  Stonington, 
Conn.),  and  was  buried  the  following  day.f 

4-4.  XII.  'I'liOMAs',  b.  on  Fishers  Island,  N.  Y.,  about  1655. 

+5.  IV.  John*,  b.  on  Fishers  Island,  N.  Y.,  about  1657. 
6.  V.  WiLLiAM^,b.on  Fishers  Island,  N.Y. about  1659.  Henever 
m.,  but  was  killed,  it  is  said,  early  in  life  at  Poquetanuck, 
Conn.,  by  Indians.  Little  can  be  learned  of  him  from  the 
Conn.  Records.  His  name  appears  as  witness  to  a  deed 
given  by  Owaneco,  Sachem  of  the  Mohegan  tribe  of  In- 
dians, to  Joseph  Morgan  25  June,  1686,  as  recorded  at 
Preston,  Conn.,  and  acknowledged  the  same  day  at 
Stonington,  before  Samuel  Mason,  Asst.  He  is  also  wit- 
ness to  a  deed  on  the  New  London  Records  11  Feb., 
i68i-S2,J  and  is  mentioned  again  on  the  same  Records 

♦The  Thomas  Minor  Diary,  p.  92,  has  the  following:  "goodwifc  flaning 
was  heare  with  lillie,"  an  implication  that  'Millie"  was  **goo<lwifc  fianingV 
daughter.  She  may  have  had  a  daughter  by  that  name,  but  as  there  is  no 
further  evidence  of  it,  the  name  is  nut  included  in  the  list  of  children  given. 

t  Vide  The  Thomas  Minor  Diary,  p.  197.  Hon.  Richard  A.  Wlieeler  of 
Stonington,  Conn.,  in  a  letter  to  the  compiler,  writes:  **  My  mother  (Mary 
Hewitt,  b.  17S1},  who  was  a  direct  descendant  of  Edmund  Fanning,  had  a 
family  tradition  that  this  daughter  was  drowned  in  what  is  generally  called 
Quiambog  Cove,  and  that  her  name  was  Margaret." 

{  Vide  New  I^ndon  Deeds,  I*ook  v.,  p.  62. 

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7.  VI. 

10  June,  1 70.|.*  I  Ic  h.icl  :i  grniil  of  lifly  acres  of  hinti 
from  ihc  Town  of  Stoniitglon  10  Aug.,  16834  At  or 
bcHjre  his  death  tin's  land  went  to  his  brother  John, 
who  sold  it  24  Jan.,  171S-19  to  Philip  Palmctcr  of 
Wcstcrly.J  Tlie  date  of  Wilham  Tanning's  death  is  not 
recorded.  It  was  previous  to  24  Jan.,  1718-19,  as  proved 
by  llie  deed  of  that  date  above  mentioned. 
Jami-:s'-,  b.  at  New  London,  Cimn.,  about  1663.  At  the 
der.lh  of  Kdinund  Fanning,  Senior,  in  1683,  tlic  widow 
I'lllcn  and  son  James  were  given  the  use  of  the  undi- 
vided portion  of  Kdnnind's  estate,  out  of  which  James 
was  to  have  his  share  at  the  proper  time.  James  came 
into  posses-^ion,  therefore,  soon  aftenvards  of  the  south- 
ern half  of  the  Stonington  farm  of  1 20  acres,  his  brother 
Thomas  receiving  the  northern  part  which  included  the 
homestead  buildings.  James  resided  on  his  portion 
until  Jan.,  1692-3,  when  he  sold  his  sixty  acres  to  Lieut. 
James  Avery.g  Previous  to  this  he  had  been  granted 
fifty  acres  of  land  from  the  town  of  Stonington,  as  ap- 
pears from  the  following  record : 

"Aprill  the  29***  1690  granted  unto  James  faning  fiftie 
Acres  of  I^nd  out  of  the  Town  Commons  not  intrench- 
ing upon  former  grants  he  hat  libertie  for  his  advantage 
to  l^iy  it :  &  tlie  grant  formerly  given  to  his  brother 
William  all  toghether,  or  otherwiie  as  he  fliall  fee 
Caiife."  II 

This  grant  he  sold  to  Ephraim  Minor,  Jr.,  the  latter 
deeding  it  8  July,  1692,  to  Isaac  Wheeler,  and  James 
Fanning  passed  a  confirmatory  deed  to  Wheeler  11  July, 
i693,irboth  deeds  recorded  at  Stonington  14  May,  1695. 

■  Vide  Xcw  London  Deeds,  Book  v\,^  p.  68. 

*  Vide  Stonington  Records,  Town  Votes,  Book  H.,  pp.  46,  47. 

*  Vide  Sto.iington  Deeds,  Book  I  v.,  p.  76. 
§  Vide  Appendix  C.  for  copy  of  deed. 

;  Vide  Stoninjjtun  Records,  Town  Votes,  Book  II.,  p.  56. 
^  Vide  .Stonington  Deeds,  Book  Ji.,  p.  201 ;  also  New  London  Deeds,  Book 
r.,  p.  X 10. 

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Edmufid  Fanning  8  7 

Wc  fiml  a  rcfcreiicc  at  Stunington  lo  James  Faniiini; 
as  follovvit :  * 

"March  the  4**,  16S8,  then  entred  the  mark  properly 
l>eK)nging  to  James  flanhig  is  A  sh'U  on  the  oO*  eare  X: 
an  halfe  penney  on  the  u|idcr  side  the  neer  eare. 

•'  Per  me    John  Stanton^  Recorder." 

About  1693  his  name  disappears  from  the  Stoning- 
ton  Records,  and  no  trace  of  him  is  afterward  found. 
There  is  no  record  of  his  niarriage  or  dcnOi,  or  the  birlh 
of  any  children.  It  is  very  h'kely  that  he  was  lost  or  died 
at  sea  while  on  a  voyage  with  Mr.  Halkim,  as  would 
seem  probable  from  the  following  reference  that  appears 
in  1705  among  the  Probate  papers  at  New  London^  in 
a  receipt  or  memorandum  of  his  brother,  Lieut.  John 
Fanning : 

"  An  a/c  of  what  I  have  received  of  the  money  was 
due  to  my  brothere  James  (faning  for  wages  whilst  in  a 
voyage  with  Mr.  Hallam. 

Mr.  E.  Hallam  was  Dr.  to  my  iaid  brothere  04-12-00 

as  per  the  makor*  acct.  the  sum  of  02-02-00 

Due  to  liallaiicc  02^10-00 

Received  of  the  above  sums  as  followeth : 

For  7  Bushell  of  Oats  at  i8d.  per  bushel  /bo-io-6 

**    2  Gallons  of  rum  at  5  per  gall  *<0o-io-o 

••    a  gallon  Molasses  3  sh.  ••00-03-0 

Fur  a  payer  Shues  6  sh.    old  Debt  4  th.  jfoo-io-o 

Pd  to  my  brother  Thomas  flaning  ••oo-oS-6 

Miss  Caulkins,  in  her  History  of  New  London,  makes 
no  mention  of  James  in  her  list  of  Edmund  Fanning's 
8.  vn.  Mary',  b.  at  New  London,  Conn,  (in  that  part  after- 
wards Groton),  28  April,  1665,!  bap.  in  the  First  Con- 
gregational Church  at  Stonington  by  the  Rev.  James 

*  Vide  Stoninf^ton  Records,  Book  1.,  p.  130. 
t  Vide  ThomaH  Minor  Diary,  p.  202. 

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Noyes,  Pastor,  29  Oct.,  1682  ;  m.  at  Stonington  24  Sept., 
'i'^^Z>  ^o  Lieut.  Benjamin  Hewitt,  s.  of  Thomas  and 
Hannah  (Palmer)  Hewitt,  who  were  m.  26  April,  1659. 
.  Hannah  Palmer  was  dau.  of  Walter  and  Rebecca  (Short) 
Palmer.  Thomas  Hewitt,  the  progenitor  of  the  family, 
settled  in  Stonington  as  early  as  1656. 

Benjamin  and  Mary  (Fanning)  Hewitt  resided  in 
Stonington,  in  that  part  now  North  Stonington,  and  had 
ten  children  as  follows  : 

I.  Benjamin  Hkwfit,  b.  10  Aug.,  1688;  m.  3  March, 

1707,  Ann  Palmer. 

II.  Israel  HEwrrr,  b.  —  April,  1691 ;   m.  8  March, 

1714,  Anna  Breed. 

III.  Tabitha  Hewiit,  bap.  24  July,  1692;    living  in 


IV.  Mary  Hewitt,  bap.  12  Aug.,  1694  m.  17  March, 

1715,  James  Billings;  had  s.  James  Billings,  b. 
at  Stonington  20  Sept.,  1719,  who  m.  Margery, 
dau.  of  William  Fanning.  She  d.  2  7  March,  1752. 

V.  Joseph  Hewitt,  bap.  13  Dec,  1696;  m.  5  Oct., 

1720,  Mary  Chesebrough. 

VI.  Elkanah  HEwnr,  bap.  7  May,  1699;  m.  in  1723 

Temperance  Keeney. 

VII.  Hannah  Hewitt,  bap.  29  June,  1701  m.  29  Dec, 

1720,  Increase  Billings, 
vni.  Henry  Hewitt,  bap.  30  July,  1704;  m.  25  Dec, 
1735,  Joanna  Denison. 
DC.  Content  Hewitt,  bap.  3  April,  1708;    m.  ist  14 
June,  1727,  Rev.  Ebenezer  Russell ;  2d  16  Jan., 
1 733,  Dea.  Joseph  Denison. 
X.  Thankful  Hewitt,  bap.  3  June,  1711 ;  d.  6  Feb., 
1 720,  in  her  loth  year  and  bur.  in  the  Old  Plains 
Burying  Ground  at  North  Stonington.  Her  head- 
stone is  still  standing. 

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Major  Israel  Hewitt,  s.  of  Benjamin  and  Mary 
(Fanning)  Hewitt,  had  a  dau.  Amie  Hewitt,  b.  1716, 
who  m.  Nathaniel  Williams  and  had  dau.  Anna  Wil- 
liams, who  m.  Col.  William  Ledyard,  the  hero  of  the 
Groton  massacre.    Col.  Ledyard  and  Anna  Williams, 
his  wife  (great-granddau.  of  Mary  Fanning  Hewitt), 
had  nine  ch.,  one  of  whom  was  only  ten  days  old  at 
the  time  of  the  massacre  at  Fort  Griswold,  6  Sept., 
1 781.    This  infant  was  named  Charles,  and  died  in 
1 7S9,  a  few  hours  before  his  mother,  and  by  her  re- 
quest  was  buried  in  her  arms. 
Lieut.  Benjamin  Hewitt  d.  at  Stonington  26  April, 
1725,  "in  his  62*  year."*     Mary  (Fanning)  Hewitt  d. 
at  Stonington  14  Dec,  1743,  "in  her  78* year." f  ^otYi 
are  bur.  in  the  old  Plains  Burying  Ground,  where  their 
headstones  still  stand.  Benjamin  Hewitt's  will  is  on  file 
at  New  London,!  dated  25  April,  1725,  the  day  before 
his  death,  and  was  probated  20  May  following.  It  men- 
tions his  w.  Mary,  and  all  his  ten  ch.  (as  recorded  above) 
except  Thankful,  who  had  d.  in  1720.    He  appointed 
his  w.  Mary  and  s.  Henry  his  executors,  to  whom  he 
bequeathed  his  homestead  farm  and  buildings.     The 
other  provisions  of  his  will  were  as  follows : 

To  his  s.,  Benjamin  Hewitt,  he  gave  the  tract  of  land 
whereon  he  then  dwelt,  lying  on  the  east  side  of  his  s., 
Israel  Hewitt's  land ;  to  his  dau.,  Tabitha  Hewitt,  three 
pounds ;  to  his  s.,  Israel  Hewitt,  five  shillings ;  to  his 
dau.,  Mary  Billings,  three  pounds;  to  bis  s.,  Joseph 
Hewitt,  five  shillings;  to  his  s.,  Elkanah  Hewitt,  the 
tract  where  he  then  had  a  sawmill,  which  land  he  bought 
of  James  Dean,  and  lying  on  the  east  side  of  Cossaduck 
Hill ;  to  his  dau.,  Hannah  Billings,  three  pounds ;    to 

♦  Gravestone.  f  Ibid. 

^New  Lonilon  Pmhate  KccoriU,  Wills  Book  C.»  p.  171. 

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his  (hill.,  CoiUiMit  TTcwilt,  fifiy  poniuls  and  her  l>;iy  mnrc 
nml  coll ;  to  hii:  w.,  Mary  I  Icwitt,  liis  liuliaii  boy,  Syiiion. 
His  estate  both  real  and  personal  was  inventoried  at 
";^  1543-7-0  as  follows : 

Wearing  npparrcll  15  niilitar}'  anus  3-10  18-1000 

rtiliii);  hursc  atul  furniture  i2-<x>-oo 

furniture  ami  Indian  i)oy  S6-00-00 

ye  liomcsteil  farm  buildings  and  fences  500-00-00 

ye  farm  lliat  ia  given  to  hii  fun  Benjamin  400-00-00 

"      "      "    "      "     "    "    "    Elkanah  250-00-00 

yc  Rest  of  ye  out  Lands  100-00-00 

animals  167-05-00 

tools  9-12-00 

20  May  1725  1543-7-0 

Ebenezer  billings 
William  Wheeler 
RichJ  frink* 

Hon,  Richard  A.  Wheeler,  of  Stonington,  Conn.,  is  a 
direct  descendant  of  Edmund  Fanning,  through  his  dau. 
Mary,  who  m.  Lieut.  Benjamin  Hewitt,  of  whom  he  is 
a  great-great-grandson.  His  line  of  descent  runs  as  fol- 
lows :  Lieut.  Benjamin^  Hewitt,  Major  Israel-  Hewitt, 
Charles'  Hewitt,  Mary*  Hewitt,  Richard*  A.  Wheeler. 

Judge  Wheeler  was  born  Janaury  29,  181 7,  and  has 
held  many  positions  of  trust  and  honor.  He  was  Judge 
of  Probate  for  Stonington  District  from  1864  to  1887, 
a  period  of  twenty-three  years ;  President  of  the  Ston- 
ington Savings  Bank ;  Representative  to  the  Conn.  Gen- 
eral Assembly  in  185 1.  He  is  author  of  History  of  the 
First  Congregational  Church  of  Stonington,  Conn.,  pub- 
lished in  187s,  and  of  the  History  of  Stonington,  Conn., 
published  in  1900. 

'  Vide  New  London  Probate  Records,  Wills,  Book  C,  p.  122. 

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2.  EDMUND*  FANNING,  b.  1651,  {Eiimufid^) 

m.  at  Stoninp^ton,  Conn.,  13  Aug.,  1678, 

Margaret  Billings, 
dau.  of  William  and  Mary  (  )  BiHings, 

and  b.  at  Southertown,  afterwards  Stonington,  Conn.,  in  166  x 
or  1662. 

Edmund'  Fanning,  the  eldest  son  of  Edmund  Fanning, 
Senior,  the  American  ancestor,  was  b.  in  Ireland  about  the 
year  1651,  came  to  this  country  with  his  parents  when  a 
child,  and  resided  at  Groton,  Conn.,  on  the  farm  appor- 
tioned him  by  his  father,  to  whom  it  had  been  an  original 
grant  in  1664. 

He  d.  at  Groton,  it  is  supposed,  in  17x5. 

She  d.  at 

Bur.  probably  in  Fanning  Burial  Ground,  but  with  un- 
marked headstones. 
(See  biographical  part  of  this  volume  for  full  sketch  of  him.) 


9.  I.  William*,  b.  in  the  town  of  New  London,  Conn,,  in  that 
part  afterwards  Groton  and  now  Ledyard,  25  or  26 
March,  1679,!  bap.  at  Stonington  by  the  Rev.  James 
Noyes,  Pastor  of  the  First  Congregational  Church,  x8 
Aug.,  1695.  No  further  notice  of  him  is  found. 
-J-xo.  n.  Edmund',  b.  in  town  of  New  London,  Conn.,  probably 

X682 ;  bap.  at  Stonington,  x8  Aug.,  x695. 
4- 1 1,  in.  Jonathan',  b.  in  town  of  New  London,  Conn.,  1684, 
*   (from  headstone)  ;  bap.  at  Stonington,  18  Aug.,  1695. 

*  Vide  History  of  the  First  Congregational  Church  of  Stonington*  Conn., 
p.  200. 

fThe  clute  of  birth  is  learned  from  the  Thomas  Minor  Diary,  p.  152. 

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4.  THOMAS^  PANNING,  b.  1655,  '  {Edtnumi^) 

m.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  19  Oct.,  1684, 
by  Samuel  Mason,  Asst., 

Frances  Ellis, 
dau.  of  Richard  and  Susannah  (Chapman)  Ellis, 
and  b.  at 

Thomas  Fanning,  the  second  son  of  Edmund  Fanning, 
Senior,  the  American  ancestor,  was  b.  on  Fishers  Island,  N. 
Y.,  about  1655,  m.  Frances  Ellis,  and  resided  at  Stoning- 
ton.  Conn.  He  was  in  the  Narragansett  War  and  received 
a  grant  of  land  for  his  services. 

He  d.  at  Stonington  27  April,  1704. 

His  w.  d.  at 

(For  full  sketch  of  him  see  Biographical  part). 

Five  ckildren  are  recorded  at  Stonington  : 

12.  I,  Thomas',  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  27  April,  1685  ;  bap. 

20  Nov.,  16S7,  He  appears  to  have  resided  at  Ston- 
ington, where  his  name  is  found  on  the  records  until 
1710.  On  23  Aug.  of  that  year  he  sold  to  Samuel 
Avery  Si  acres  of  land  in  Voluntown,  which,  as  stated 
in  his  deed,  did  of  right  belong  to  him,  as  "heir  and 
eldest  son  of  Thomas  Fanning,  sometime  of  Stoning- 
ton, deceased."  The  land  was  a  grant  to  his  father 
for  services  in  the  Narragansett  War.  After  that  his 
name  disappears  from  the  Records  and  no  further  trace 
is  found.  Tradition  says  he  went  away,  it  was  sup- 
posed to  Canada.  He  may  have  been  ancestor  of  the 
Canadian  Fannings,  or  the  Hopkinton,  Mass.,  family. 

13.  II.  Frances*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Cdnn.,  19  Aug.,  1689 ;  bap. 

12  Aug.,  1694  ;♦  m.  at  Stonington  by  Nathaniel  Chese- 

*  Vide  Hbtory  of  the  First  Congregational  Church,  Stonington,  p.  199. 
**HAp:iced  by  the  Kev.  James  Noycs:  12  August  1694  James,  Frances  and 
Kall'iarine — chiMren  of  Thonws  Fanning." 

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brough,  J.  p.,  I  Feb.,  1726-7,  Timothy  Van  Pelt,  "for- 
merly of  New  York,"  and  had  s.  Timodiy,  b.  at  Ston- 
ington  5  Oct.,  1728,  "about  3  of  ye  clock  in  ye  after- 
noon." She  may  have  had  other  ch.  by  this  or  a  second 
marriage,  and  perhaps  born  elsewhere.  "Frances 
Fanning  alias  Van  Pelt  of  Stonington  11  May,  1727, 
interested  in  Estate  of  Wm.  Ramsey,  late  of  Stoning- 
ton"— ^item  found  in  Public  Records  of  Conn.,  Vol.  vil, 
p.  139.  Timothy  Van  Pelt  was  a  resident  of  Volun- 
town,  Conn,,  in  March,  1727,*  and  of  Lebanon,  Conn., 
in  May,  1731,!  Aft^f  which  date  trace  of  him  is  lost. 
14.  in.  Catharine',^  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1692  ;  bap. 

12  Aug.,  1694.    She  m.  probably  — f Ranger,  and 

was  the  widow  Catharine  Ranger  who  m.  at  Stoning- 
ton 3  April,  1751,  Joseph  Page.  They  had  no  iskue. 
Joseph  Page,  s.  of  John  Page  of  Watertown,  Mass.,  was 
b.  "Febry  ye  last  day"  1679-S0,  at  Watertown.  He 
m.  ist,  widow  Mary  Minor  7  Mai-ch,  1712-13,  who  d, 
in  i750.§ 

+  15.  IV.  James',  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  30  April,  1695,  so  say 
the  Stonington  Town  Records.  The  Stonington  Church 
Records,  however,  give  date  of  bap.  as  12  Aug.,  1694.! 

-)-i6.  V.  Richard',  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  9  June,  1698 ;  bap. 
19  Sept.,  1698  (probably  intended  for  x8  Sept.). 

^  Voluntown  Records,  Book  iv.,  p.  319.  f  Il>ldt  Book  i.,  p.  823. 

{Spelled  *'Kathrean"  on  Stonington  Town  Records,  **Katherine'*  on 
Church  Records  of  Stonington.  She  signed  "Cfttharin"  on  Voluntown 

§  Stonington  Births,  Marriages  and  Deaths,  Book  i.,  p.  126. 

I  In  this  instance,  where  town  and  church  records  disagree,  it  is  quite 
impossible  to  determine  the  correct  date.  As  a  matter  of  fact  the  12th  of 
August,  1694,  did  fall  on  Sunday,  and  it  is  reasonable  to  accept  that  as  the 
correct  date  of  baptism.  The  date  of  birth  may  have  been  the  30th  of  April, 

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5.  JOHN-  FANNING,  h.  1657.  (/uhnufun) 

in.  in  town  of  Hew  J^omlon,  Cunn.,  1683  or  *84» 

Margaret  Culver, 
dan.  of  (probably)  Edward  and  Ann  (  )  Culver, 

and  b.  at  New  I^ondon,  then  called  Peqiiot,  1655  or  i658.* 

Lieutenant  John  Fanning,  the  third 'son  of  Edmund  Fan- 
ning, Senior,  the  ancestor  in  America,  was  b.  on  Fishers 
Ibhmd,  N.  Y.,  about  1657.  He  m.  Margaret  Culver,  and 
located  on  Fort  Hill  in  the  town  of  Groton,  Conn.  He  was 
one  of  the  English  volunteers  in  the  Narragansett  War  and 
received  a  grant  of  land  for  his  services. 

He  d.  at  Groton  between  the  ist  and  xjth  of  Feb.,  1 73S-9. 
His  wid.  d.  at  Groton  just  previous  to  i6  June,  1 740. 
Both  were  no  doubt  interred  in   the   Fanning  Lurying 

(For  full  sketch  of  Lieut.  Fanning  sec  Biographical  part.) 
Issue : 
1 7.  !.  M\Rv',  b.  in  town  of  New  London,  Conn.,  in  that  part 
aftenvards  Groton  ;  bap.  at  Stonington,  26  Aug.,  1686  ; 
m.  Samuel  Fox.  He  resided  in  Preston,  but  removed 
to  Groton  in  1 741,  where  he  purchased  a  farm  of  80 
acres  at  Walnut  Hill  of  Hubbard  Burrows,  and  in  1744 
30  acres  more  of  John  I-amb.    There  he  resided  until 

*  The  parentage  of  Margaret  Culver  is  not  proved,  as  there  appears  to  be 
no  record  of  the  birth  of  a  daughter  Margaret.  Edward  Culver,  Senior,  settled 
at  Pcquut  in  2653.  HU  youngest  recorded  daughter  was  Hannah,  b.  in  1651, 
but  he  is  known  to  have  had  a  son,  Edward,  Jr.  (of  Norwich),  born  about 
1654,  and  could  have  had  a  daughter,  Margaret,  horn  1655  to  iC6o,  There 
seems  to  be  no  other  place  for  Margaret  than  as  the  daughter  of  Edward,  Sr., 
unless  it  be  possxlily  dauglitr*  of  John  Culver,  his  eldest  son.  But  John  being 
horn  hi  1640  could  hardly  have  had  adaughterMargaret  of  marriageable  age 
or  old  enough  to  be  considered  an  adult  or  responsible  person  in  1678,  at 
which  time  her  name  appears  on  the  New  London  records.  She  was  Mar- 
garet Culver,  unmarried,  in  167S.  The  inferences  are  that  she  was  the 
daughter  of  Kdward  Culver,  Senior. 

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his  decease  in  1 758.  His  win  dated  16  Feb.,  1 74S-9» 
proved  %i  March,  175a,  mentioiis  w.  Maiy,  eldest  s. 
Samnel,  who  is  made  executor,  jronnggst  s.  John  and 
dan.  VImxj.  His  estate  inventoried  ^^2,936,  indnding 
his  homestead  £um  of  1 10  aaes  in  Groton  valoed  at 
+18.  n.  JoHM*,  b.  in  town  of  New  London,  Com.,  about  i68S. 
19.  m.  MamUiuei*,  b.  in  town  of  New  London,  Com.,  aboot 
X69S ;  m.  ist,  at  Groton,  Conn.,  aiker  1730,  an  Aveiy 
(pexfaaps  Benjamin),  and  had  one  s.,  Daniel,  who  was 
left  a  legaqr  in  his  grandfather,  Lient.  John  Fanning*s 
will.  Daniel  was  killed  by  Indians  previous  to  1743. 

Avery  d.  earty  in  life,  and  Margaret  m.  sd,  b^ne 
173S,  Jedediah  Ashcraft  and  res.  near  the  north  end 
of  Fort  Hill,  Groton,  adjoining  the  mmistry  hnd*  She 
was  admitted  to  the  Stonington  Church  is  July,  1724. 

Jedediah  Ashcraft  d.  at  Groton  in  Jnne,  1773.  By 
his  will  dated  31  Blay,  1779,  proved  %%  June,  177a,  on 
file  at  Stonington,  he  left  his  entire  estate  to  his  w. 
Maigaret,  whom  he  made  execotriz.  Inventory  ^59- 
i5-xr>^.  After  his  death  Margaret  sold  her  fium  of 
30  acres  to  William  Stewart  on  the  6tfa  of  May,  1773, 
and  d.  at  Groton  between  Nov.,  1773,  and  M^nch, 
i774f  ^d^mt  issoebyherAshcnftmarriage.  Herwill 
is  on  file  at  Stonington,  dated  5  Nov.,  r773,  proved 
a  March,  1 774.  Her  estate  inventoried  ^34-x8-sHf 
^  and  waa  declared  insolvent. 

M.  IV.  PnuDaiiCE*,  b.  in  town  of  New  London,  Conn.,  about 
1694 ;  m.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  after  1743,  Jacob  Buke* 
of  Groton,  but  had  no  issue.  He  waa  s.  of  Nathanid 
Farke^  and  at  time  of  mar.  to  Rudence  Fanning  waa 
a  widower  (having  previously  m.  18  July,  1733,  Martha 
Geer),  with  three  children,  Jacob,  Timothy  and  Mazdia 

^  Spdkd  Fwka,  Ptek  sad  Pteln  <m  the  fccbrdb 

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Parke.  His  home  place  of  4a  acres  lay  near  Lantern 
Hill,  in  what  is  now  the  town  of  Ledyard.  He  d.  at 
Gcoton  15  Oct,  X753*  His  will  is  on  file  at  New 
London,  dated  x  June,  1752,  proved  13  Nov.,  1752. 
The  date  of  Prudence's  death  is  unknown. 
SI.  V.  Thankful*,  b.  in -town  of  New  London,  Conn.,  about 
1696;  m.  xst,  at  Groton  in  1733,  John  Mar^n^^f 
Groton.  They  had  one  child,  Katherine,  b.  1735,  ^• 
xo  Dec.,  X 741,  in  her  seventh  year,  and  is  bur.  in  the 
Packer  Burying  Ground.  Tradition  says  he  "ran 
away''  (previous  to  X738),  hut  left  "considerable  pos- 

Thankful  Martyn  m.  sd,  in  X745,  _.  Talley  of 
Stonington.  He  d.  soon  afterwards,  and  Thankful  m. 
3d,  Capt.  James  Packer  of  Groton,  whose  &rm  ad- 
joined Lieut.  John  Fanning's  fitrro  on  the  east.  She 
was  known  by  the  fiimiliar  appellation  "Aunt  Packer," 
and  is  said  to  have  been  noted  for  her  "pride,  her 
accomplishments  and  her  understanding."  Capt 
Packer  was  s.  of  John  and  Rebecca  (Latham)  Packer, 
and  wash,  xx  Sept,  x68x.  His  xst  w.  was  Abigail 
— — ,  who  d.  x6  Nov.,  X722,  in  her  45th  year.  Capt 
Packer  d.  at  Groton  24  April,  1765,  in  his  84th  year, 
and  is  bur.  beside  his  xst  w.  in  the  Packer  Burying 
Ground.  Thankful  Packer  d.  at  Groton  in  X780,  and 
Thomas  Fanning  was  appointed  admiiustrator  of  the 
estate  5th  of  Sept  that  year.  The  personal  estate  in- 
ventoried, 3  Oct,  X780,  at  ;f44-2-xx.t 
+22.  VL  WxxxiAM*,b.intownof  New  London,  Coim.,aboutx7oo.{ 

*  He  nay  have  been  the  John  Martin  of  ''Ozbridge  in  Whotter  CounKy 
Manachuiettt  Bay,"  who  on  31  Dec^  1755,  toM  ao  acres  of  Und  in  Stoning- 
ton, formerly  bit  **  father*!  George  Martin  deceased.*' 

t  Stonington  Records,  Book  in.,  pp.  258,  274. 

\  Vide  footnote  under  article  im  tliia  William  in  tbinf  Keneratlon. 

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xo.  EDMUND"  FANNING,  b.  1682,      (Eibnuttd\  Ed- 

m.  ist,  at  Preston,  Conn.,  about  i7io,*^ 

Hannah  Parke, 
eldest  dau.  of  William  and  Hannah  (Friiik)  Parke, 
and  b.  at  Preston  10  Sept.,  1685.      Siic  was  sister  of 
Deborah  Parke  who  m.  John* Fanning  (John^,  Edmund*) .f 
Hannah  (Parke)  Fanning  d.  at  Groton  between  1 732  and 


He  m.  2d  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  11  Jane,  1735, 

Hopestill  Elliot  Coates, 
dau.  of  Henry  and  Deborah  (York)  Elliot,  and  wid.  of 
Joseph  Coates,  whom  she  m.  7  Nov^  '723-  Hopestill 
Elliot  was  b.  at  Stonington  18  Aug.,  1684. 

Edmund  Fanning,  of  the  third  generation,  s.  of  Ed- 
mund and  Margaret  (Billings)  Fanning,  and  grand-s.  of 
Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  was  b.  in  1682  in  the  town  of 
New  London,  Conn.,  on  the  Fanning  Fann  that  was  an 
original  grant  to  his  grandfather  in  1664,  where  he  resided 
during  his  lifetime.  He  m.  first,  Hannah  Purke  and  sec- 
ondly, Widow  Hopestill  Coates. 

He  d.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  in  March,  1768. 

She  d.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  in  June,  1772. 

Both  were  probably  interred  in  the  Fanning  Burying 
Ground,  but  their  headstones  are  unmarked.  His  will 
mentions  seven  children,  all  by  w.  Hannah,  two  only  of 
whom,  William  and  Edmund,  are  on  the  Groton  records. 

(For  full  sketch  see  Biographical  part.) 

♦  Rev.  Salmon  Treat  of  the  First  Church,  Preston,  reooided  no  marriages 
during  his  ministry  of  forty-four  years,  169S  to  1 742. 
t  Vide  Parke  family  in  the  record  of  John'  Fanning  (John*,  Edmund'). 


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History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

Issue  : 
23.  I.  Zkrviah*,  b.  at  Groloii,  Conn.,  in  1711;  m.  ist,  28 
Oct.,  X72S,  by  Rev.  Kbcnczer  Russell,  Pastor  of  llic 
Second  Church  of  Christ  at  Stonington,  John  Wheeler 
of  Stonington,  s.  of  Richard  and  Prudence  (Payson) 
Wheeler,  and  b.  31  Jan.,  1706.  They  had  dan.  Martha, 
b.  31  Dec,  1728,  who  m.  ist,  13  Jan.,  1747-S,  Capt. 
John  Denison  2d,  and  had  dau.  Zer\'iah  Denison,  b.  7 
Oct.,  1749  and  d.  5  April,  1751.  Martha  m.  2d, 
Stephen  killings. 

John  Wheeler  d.  in  June,  176c.  His  will  is  on  file 
at  New  London,  dated  7  April,  1760,  and  proved  31 
Aug.,  1761.  His  homestead  farm  of  290  acres  was 
inventoried  at  ^^2,6 10.     He  left  a  large  estate. 

Zerviah  m.  2d,  Nathan  Niles,  but  had  no  issue'.  He 
d.  at  Groton  5  July,  1778,  a.  78,  and  is  bur.  in  the 
Niles  Burying  Ground  there.  His  will  is  on  file  at 
Stonington,  dated  5  ^lay,  1778,  probated  11  July, 
1778,  and  mentions  among  legatees  his  w.  Zerviah,  to 
whom  he  bequeathed  the  "full  performance  of  an  ante- 
nuptial agreement  of  jointure."  His  estate  inventoried 

Robert  Niles  of  Norwich,  s.  of  Nathan  by  his  ist 
wife,  was  a  captain,  and  commander  of  the  "Spy"  in 
the  Revolutionary  War,  and  was  bearer  of  the  treaty 
to  France. 

Zerviah  (Fanning)  Niles  d.  at  Groton  26  July,  1791, 
in  her  8 ist  year,  and  is  bur.  in  the  Fanning  Burying 
Ground.     Her  headstone  still  stands. 
+  24.  II.  William*,  b.  r.t  Groton,  Conn.,  23  Dec,  17 15. 
25.  III.  Freelove*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  ,  m.  at 

Stonington,  Conn.,  Parker  Adams.  He  probably  d. 
previous  to  1772,  as  Freelove  signs  receipt  alone  on 
Probate  Records  at  Stonington  16  May  of  that  year. 

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26.  IV.  Fkar*,  I),  at  Croton,  Conn.,  ,  in.  al  Ooton 

before  1772  Benjamin  Stanlon,  s.  of  John  and  Ann 
(Huchison)  Stanton,  and  b.  at  Groton  30  Aug.,  1711. 
They  had  dau.  Martha  Stanton,  who  ni.  29  Dec,  1789, 
Jonathan  Wheeler,  b,  19  Aug.,  1760. 

27.  V.  Abigail*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  ,  m  14  Feb., 

1 740,  Daniel  Harris,  Jr.,  of  Goshen,  Conn.,  and  had 
Daniel,  Hannah,  Hopestill  and  Abip^ail  Harris,  all  men* 
tioncd  in  their  grandfather  Edmund  Fanning's  will. 
Hannah  Harris  ni.  Israel  Mead,  and  resided  at 
Nine  Partners,  Duchess  Co.,  N.  Y. 

Hopestill  Harris  m.  James  Smith,  and  resided  at 
Oblong,  Duchess  Co.,  N.  Y. 

Abigail  Harris,  m.  James  Hadlock,  and  lived  at 
Lebanon,  Conn. 
2S.  VI.  Edmund*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  i  Sept.,  1730.    No  fur- 
ther record  of  him  is  found.     We  know  there  was  an 
Edmund  as  above,  s.  of  "  Edmund  and  Hannah,"  as 
his  birth  is  recorded  on  the  Groton  Records.   He  was 
not  mentioned  in  his  father's  will  made  in  1762.  Had 
he  died  previously  leaving  children  it  is  singular  that 
they  were  not  mentioned  in  the  will  as  well  as  his 
brother  William's  two  children,  William  and  James. 
Perhaps  he  died  young  or  removed. 
29.  vn.  Deborah*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  »  '732  ;  m.  at 

Groton  28  March,  x  746,  John  Haley  of  Stonington.* 
They  resided  in  Stonington. 

*The  History  of  Stonington,  Conn.,  p.  408,  erroneously  states  that  John 
I^Ialey  in.  Deborah,  dau.  of  William  and  E^ither  Fanning,  2S  March,  1745. 
Deborah  Fanning,  who  m.  John  Haley,  was  not  dau.  of  William  and  Esther. 
•  She  was  dau.  of  Edmund  Fanning  of  the  third  generation,  which  fact  is 
proved  by  the  Probate  Records  at  Stonington,  Book  li.,  p.  23,  where  Deborah 
and  John  Haley's  names  appear  signed  to  a  receipt  given  by  them  to  William 
Fanning,  executor  of  Edmund  Fanning's  will,  for  their  share  of  her  father 
Edmund's  estate  which  Deborah  was  heir  to. 

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He  d.  there  i6  Oct.,  1800,  in  his  8ist  year  (g.  s.). 
She  d.  there  17  Sept.,  1802,  in  her  70th  year  (g.s.). 
Both  bur.  in  the  "  Road  Meeting  House"  Cemeter}'. 

Issue ^  all  recorded  at  Stonington  : 

I.  Joshua  Haley,  b.  30  June,  1746. 

II.  Adicail  Haley,  b.  3  Oct.,  174S;  m.  10  May, 

1770,  William  Miner, 
in.  Mary  Haley,  b.  5  Sept.,  1 75 1 ;    m.  1 1  Feb., 
1773,  Thomas  Leeds. 

IV.  Zerviah  Haley,  b.  26  Nov.,  1753 ;  ni.  6  April, 

1777,  Daniel  Smith. 

V.  Hannah  Haley,  b.  15  April,  1756  ;  m.  14  Feb., 

1779,  Manassah  Miner  and  had  Amos,  Isaac, 
Manassah,  Ephraim  and  Lydia  Miner. 
VI.  Martha  Haley,  b.  3  June,  1758 ;  m  , 

John  West.     SI  e  d.  in  179S. 
vii.  Pheee  Haley,  b.  12  Nov.,  1760. 
vin.  Edmund  Haley,  b.  4  April,  1763  ;  m.  15  Sept., 
1 794, Sarah  Miner  and  had  Amos  Miner  Haley, 
Edmund  Haley  and  Jabez  Haley. 

IX.  John  Halky,  b.  4  April,  1763  (one  of  twins)  ; 

m.  in  Oct.,  1792,   Priscilla   DaboU  and   had 
John,  Joshua  and  Elihu  Haley. 

X.  Lucy  Haley,  b.  15  April,  1765;    m.  22  Jan., 

1784,  Nathaniel  Burdick. 
XL  Belcher  Haley,  b.  20  Feb.,  1767. 
XII.  Deborah  ?Ialey,  b.  20  March,  1771 ;  m. 

,  Elihu  Hancock, 
xm.  Content  Haley,  b.  8  Aug.,  1773 ;  m. 

>  ^4ti4/  Burdick. 
John  Haley,  Senior's  will  dated  20  June,  1798,  and 
proved  3  Nov.,  1800,  is  on  record  at  Stonington.  Total 
inventory  §1,285.03,  which  included  80  acres  of  land 
with  buildings  thereon  amounting  to  ?i,i20. 

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XI.  JONATHAN"  FANNING,  b.  1684,     (Edmund',  Ed- 

m.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  17  May,  1714, 

Elizabeth  Way, 
dau.  of  Thomas  and  Ann  (Lester)  Way, 
and  b.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  20  April,  1695. 

Jonathan  Fanning,  the  third  son  of  Edmund  and 
Margaret  (Billings)  Fanning,  and  grandson  of  Edmund 
Fanning,  Senior,  was  b.  in  the  town  of  New  London, 
Conn.,  in  that  part  afterwards  called  Groton  and  now 
Ledyard,  in  1684.  He  was  a  farmer  and  resided  on  the 
homestead  place  inherited  from  his  father,  and  which 
was  part  of  the  original  Groton  farm  of  Edmund  Fanning, 

He  d.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  28  April,  1761,  in  78th  year.. 

She  d.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  24  July,  1772,  in  78th  year, 

Both  bur.  in  the  Fanning  Burying  Ground. 

(See  Biographical  part  for  full  sketch  of  Jonathan.) 

Issue  stiicn  children:^ 
30.    I.  ELIZAn^n•H^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  23  April,  1716 ;  m.  at 

Groton, Holdridge,  and  held  dau.  Dorothy. 

+31.  11.  Jonathan*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  28  Oct.,  171 7. 
32.  III.  Margaret*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  23  Nov.,  1724;  bap. 
9  Oct.,  1725  ;  m.  at  Groton  in  1741  Peter  Mason,  s. 
of  Capt.  Peter  and  Mary  (Hobart)  Mason,  and  great- 
grandson  of  Maj.  John  Mason,  who  commanded  the 
Colonial  troops  in  the  Pequot  War  in  1637.    Peter 
Mason  was  b.  in  New  London  28  Dec,  1717,  and  re- 
sided in  Groton,  where  he  died  about  1765. 
Margaret  d.  in  Castleton,  Vt.,  19  Oct.,  1803. 
They  had  five  children  all  b.  at  Groton,  Conn. : 

♦  Two  are  recorrletl  at  New  London,  five  at  Groton. 

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I.  AniuAiL  Mason,  h.  5  Aug.,    1742;   m.   Rufus. 

Branch  of  Castlcton,  Vt. 
II.  Rufus  Masox,  b.  in  July,  1 745  ;  m.  and  had  two 

sons;  was  drowned  16  Dec,  1778. 
in.  RouKRT  NrASON,  b.  in  1 74S. 

IV.  Peter  Masox,  b.  i  Aug.,  1752. 

V.  JOHM  Mason,  b.  ii  Nov.,  i 764. 

+33.  IV.  David*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  2  March,  1727;  bap.  7 
May,  1727. 
34.    V.  Anna*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  i  July,  1729  ;  m.  at  Groton 
16  Sept.,  1755,  Aaron  Clark  of  Stonington.     Issue  : 
I.  Phebe  Clark,  b.  19  Dec,  1737. 
II.  Moses  Ci^^rk,  b.  24  April,  1760., 

III.  Wav  Clark,  b.  23  July,  1762. 

IV.  Aarox  Clark,  b.  16  Aug.,  1764. 

V.  AxxE  Clark,  b.  16  Aug.,  1764;    d.   28  Jan., 

1784,  in  her  20th  year,  and  was  bur.  in  the 
Wightman  Burying  Ground,  Groton  (g.  s.). 
Aaron  Clark,  Senior,  d.  22  Nov.,  17S2,  in  his 
57th  year,  and  is  bur.  in  the  Wightman  Burying 
Ground,  Groton  (g.  s.). 
33 .  VI.  Mary*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  5  June,  x  73 1 ;  ni.  at  Groton 
5  Dec,  1750,  (Groton  Records  erroneously  say,  "5 
Dec,  1 720")  Humphrey  Brown  of  Groton,  s.  of  Hum- 
phrey and  Tabitha  (Holdridge)  Brown  of  Stonington, 
b.  13  Aug.,  1725.     Issue  : 

I.  Elizabeth  Brown,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  in 

1751 ;  m.  ist,  David  Parker;  m.  2d,  in  1781 

Capt.  Jedediah  Hyde,  s.  of  Rev.  Jedediah  and 

Jerusha  (Perkins)  Hyde,  and  b.  at  Norwich, 

Conn.,  24  Aug.,  1738.     He  d.  at  Hyde  Park, 

Vt.,  29  May,  1822  ;  she  d.  28  Nov.,  1825. 

36.  VII.  H.\XNAH*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  20  Sept.,  1736;   bap. 

20  March,  1737.    She  was  living  and  unmarried  in 

Aug.,  i  75  7,  the  date  of  her  father's  will. 

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JAMES'  FANNING,  bap.  1694,  {noimts\  EJmumn) 
III.  I  si,  al  Siiiithtowii,  1^  I.  in  17 18, 

Hannah  Smith, 
dun.  of  Richard  and  Hannah  (Tookcr)  Smith, 
and  b.  at  Smithtown,  L.  I.  in  ^  703. 

She  d.  on  her  passage  home  from  England  10  Sept., 
1750,  in  her  4Sth  year,  and  is  bur.  at  Rivcrhead,  L.  I. 
(g.  s.)  Her  remains  were  removed  from  their  original 
resting  place  on  the  Fanning  farm  to  the  Riverhead  Cem- 
etery in  1 86 1. 

He  m.  2d,  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  25  Feb.,  1752, 

Thankful  Hinckley  Chesebrough, 
dau.  of  Samuel  and  Martha  (Lathrop)  Hinckley, 
and  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  on  Hinckley  Hill,  22  March, 
1712.  Thankful  m.  ist,  at  Stonington,  Jedediah  Thomp- 
son, b.  i-o  July,  1704,  s.  of  William  and  Bridget  (Chese- 
brough) Thompson.  Thankful  m.  2d,  at  Stonington,  i 
Jan.,  1738-9,  Joseph  Chesebrough,  bap.  12  April,  1703, 
s.  of  Samuel  and  Mary  (Ingraham)  Chesebrough,  and 
had  six  children  by  her  Chesebrough  marriage. 

Capt.  James  Fanning,  s.  of  Thomas  and  Frances  (Ellis) 
Fanning,  and  grandson  of  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  was 
bap.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  12  Aug.,  1694;  removed  to 
and  sctded  on  Long  Island  in  early  life,  and  became  the 
progenitor  of  all  the  Long  Island  Fannings,  who  are 
numerous.  He  m.  ist,  Hannah  Smith  and  2d,  Widow 
Thankful  Chesebrough,  took  an  active  part  in  the  French 
and  Indian  War  in  1 746,  and  d.  in  the  town  of  Southold, 
Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  (in  that  part  which  was  in  1792  set 
off  to  form  the  new  town  of  Riverhead)  in  June,  1779, 
a.  84  years.*    The  "Salmon  Record"  states  that  he  d. 

♦Vide  " Ondcrdonk's  Revolutionary  Incidents  of  Suffolk  and  Kings Coun* 
ties,"  p.  89,  par.  707,  wbcrein  Gilbert  Fanning,  Jr.,  makes  statement  in  re- 
gard to  his  grandfather,  Captain  James  Fanning's  death. 

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IS  April,  1779.  ^^s  tombstone  is  known  as  the  "River- 
head  Tombstone,"  and  erroneously  gives  the  date  of  his 
death  as  "  1776"  and  "in  his  93*  year," 

(See  Biographical  part  of  this  volume  for  full  sketch 
of  Capt.  James  Fanning.) 

Issue : 
+37,      I.  James*,  b.  at  Smithtown,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  22  March, 

+38.     II.  Thomas*,  b.  at  Smithtown,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  16  Nov., 

+39.    HI.  Phineas*,  b.  at  Smithtown,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  2  Aug., 

+40.    IV.  William*,  b.  at  Smithtown,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  26  Oct., 


41.  V.  Katharine*,  b.  at  Smithtown,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  26 

Oct.,  1728,  "died  24  Dec.  1744  in  her  17th" 
(g.  s.),  and  is  bur.  in  the  family  lot  at  Rivcrhciul 
Cemeter>%  beside  her  parents. 

42.  VI.  Bkthia*,  b.  at  ,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  about 

1 730 ;  m.  Terry,  and  had  dau.  Frances  Terr)', 

whom  Capt.  James  Fanning  mentions  in  his  will. 

Bethia  d.  probably  before  29  Aug.,  1775,  the  date 
of  her  father's  will,  as  she  is  not  mentioned  therein. 

43.  vir.  Richard*,  b.  at  ,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  x  73 1  ; 

d.  "18  March  1734  in  y«  3*  year  of  his  age"  (g.  s.), 

and  is  bur.  in  Riverhead  Cemetery. 
+44.  VIII.  Gilbert*,  b.  at  ,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  1733. 

+45.    IX.  R1CH.VRD*,  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y., 

about  1737. 

♦  William's  date  of  birth  is  from  records  of  the  Wickham  family  in  Vir- 
ginia. The  birth  of  Katliarine  (No.  41.)  is  nowhere  recorded,  but  her  grave- 
stone proves  her  to  h.ive  been  born  in  the^'^*/r  1728.  If  these  records  are 
correct,  and  they  arc  undisputed  authority,  it  would  appear  that  William  and 
Katharine  were  twins,  b.  26  Oct.,  172S. 

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+46.  X.  Edmund\  b.  in  town  of  Soothold,  Sufiblk  Co.,  N.  Y^ 
«4  April,  1739* 
47.  XL  Hannah^,  b.  in  town  of  Soathold,  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y., 
34  April,  X  739  ;*  m.  in  town  of  Southokl,  3  x  Aug.,  x  769, 
John  Wickham,  b.  ao  Apiil,  X734,  s.  of  Joseph  and 
Abigail  (Parker)  Wickham  of  Long  Island,  he  s.  of 
Joseph  and  Sarah  (Satterley)  Wickham  of  Long  Island, 
he  s.  of  Thomas  Wickham  of  Wethersfield,  Coim.,  the 

John  Wickham  resided  at  Cotchogae,  L.  L,  where  he 
d.  7  Aug.,  1808,  "in  his  74th  year*'  (g.  s.).     Hannah 
d.  at  Cutchogue,  6  Nov.,  1778,  **in  her  40th  year"' 
(g.  s.)    Both  bur.  at  Mattitnck,  Southold  town,  L.  I. 
I.  John  Wickhah ,  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.  I.,  6  June, 
X763;  m.  xst,  Mary  Smith  Fanning,  dau.  of 
Rev.  William  (No.  40)  and  Mary  (Tazewell) 
fanning  of  Greensville  Co.,  Va.    He  m.  sd, 
Elizabeth  Selden  McClurg  of  Richmond,  Va. 
n.  Abiqail  Wickham,  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.  I. 
m.  Nancy  Wickham,  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.  I.,  8  July, 
X  768 ;  m.  at  Cutchogue,  X3  March,  x  788,  Sam- 
uel Davkls.  He  was  a  passenger  on  the  sloop 
''  Rosiette,"  wrecked  on  the  Sound  off  Smith- 
town,  L.  L,  in  the  Christmas  storm  of  x  8  x  x .  His 
body  was  found  on  the  shore  and  bur.  there. 
IV.  James  Wickham,  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.  I. 
v.  WnxiAM  Wickham,  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.  I. 
VI.  Henry  Wickham,  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.  I. ; 

^    Norfolk,  Va.,  unm. 
(See  Wickham  Family  in  Biographical  part.) 

*  By  the  tame  line  of  reasoning  at  in  note,  p.  104,  Edmund  (No.  46)  and 
Hannah  (No.  47)  alto  appear  to  have  been  twint.  We  have  Edmnnd'i  fabtli* 
date  in  full*  but  only  the  >'<«r  of  Hanaah't. 


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48.  xiL  Sally*,  b.  in  town  of  Soathold,  Suffolk  Co.,  L.  L,  14 
Aug.,  1743;  m.  4  Maj,  1775,  CmpL  Jouh  Lopton^ 
of  Wadfaig  Rhrer,  L.  I.,  b.  at  Bridgehampton,  L.  L,  31  - 
Oct»  i7a9.    Thejr  res.  at  Wading  River,  L.  I. 

He  was  appointed  bj  Gov.  Tkyon,  t6  Feb.,  X773ti 
Capt  of  die  6th  Companj  in  the  3d  Battalion  ui  CoL, 
\      Piatt  ConkUn's  Regiment  of  Suffolk  Co.  Militia,  and 
A^    served  as  sach.    He  took  active  interest  in  k>cal  af-, 
'  ;N,fiuis  and  served  in  many  positions  of  tmst  and  honor. : 
*  V  V  He  was  descended  firom  Christopher  Lnpton  who 
dune  to  this  coontrj  from  En^and  and  settled  at; 
Southampton,  L.  I.,  as  earijr  as  1654*    dpt.  JosiahV 
descendants  are  the  onlj  ones  of  the  fiunily  of  that, 
name  left  on  Long  Isbnd. 

Capt  Josiah  d.  at  Wading  River,  L.  I.,  19  April,^ 
ites^  a.  73  years,  5  months,  s8  days  (g.  s.). 

Ssah  d.  at  Wading  River,  L.  L,  19  May,  1814,  in 
her  71st  year  (g.  s.  says  ••7s*  year**). 

Both  were  originally  interred  on  the  Lopton  fiurm, 
bat  were  removed  a  few  years  since  to  the  Wading 
'  River  Cemetery. 

I.  SuuH  Ldftoh,  b.  at  Wading  River,  L.  I.,  s6 
Aug.,  1776 ;  d.  onm.,  r4  Sept.,  1853,  and  is  bur. 
at  Mattitnck,  L.  L 
n.  Jom  Ldftoh,  b.  at  Wading  River,  L.  L,  i  Jniy ; 
1778;  m.  there  rjann  1805,  Sibyl  Bryant  Davis, 
dan.  of  Jonas  and  TaUtha  (Norton)  Davis  of 
Staoy  Brooky  L.  I.,  and  b.  24  Dec,  1783.  He 
was  lieat  of  Oqpt  Befif.  Horton's  Company, 
SofilkCo.  Resided  at  Wading  River  nntfl  1808,' 
and  afterwards  at  Buttermilk  Falls,  ComwaDt 

71a  L«pC«idate«elHaiihad  fay  BdwwdLapCott  White  orBiool47a»N.Y. 

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New  York  and  BrooUyn.    He  wis  drowned  5 
Julj,  1853,  in  leaving  iteamboet  ^KSuistopher,*' 
on  her  trial  trip— a  boat  boOt  bjr  his  ton  Ed* 
ward.    Buried  in  Greenwood  Cemetery,  Brook- 
lyn.   His  w.  d.  r6  Sept,  i8ad,  in  New  York. 
L  HnuM  LuPiON,  b.  at  Wading  River,  L.Ly  ay 
Oct»  r8o5.    Killed  by  kick  of  a  horae  13 
July,  1830,  a.  a4  year%  8  monthsy  17  days 
(g.  s.),  and  is  bar.  at  Wading  River  Ceme- 
tery, L.  I.    He  was  nmn. 
n.  Amn  Lupion,  b.  at  Wading  River,  L.  L,  18 
Aug.,  1807 ;  m.  at  New  York  in  Sept.,  18S9, 
David  Sturgis  Smith  of  Westport,  Conn. 
She  d.  at  Brooklyn,  11  Oct.,  1881  and  bur. 
in  Greenwood  Cemetery.    Had  Hbam  L., 
John  L.  and  Angeline  E.  Smith, 
m.  James  Lutton,  b.  at  New  Yoik  City,  19  Mar., 
1810;  d.  31  Aug.,  i8ii. 

IV.  JosiAH  LDFroN ,  b.  at  New  Yoik  City,  9  Mar., 

i8t3  ;  m.  there  in  1839,  Antoinette,  dau. 
of  John  Davenport  of  New  Yoik.  He  was 
a  shipbuOder  and  d.  March,  185 1.  Had 
Susan  S.,  John  D.,  Josiah  H.  and  George 
S.  Lnpton. 

V.  UaANU  LuPTOif,  b.  at  BottennOk  Fails,  N.  Y., 

29  March,  1 8r4 ;  m.  at  New  York,  33  April, 
1837,  Daniel  DuBois  Wfnant  of  New  York. 
He  d.  i88r  ;  she  d.  18  Sept,  1898.  Had 
Fannie,  Melissa,  Danid,  George  and  Web- 
ster Winant. 

VI.  JiAMiTTB  Ldpton,  b.  at  Buttermilk  Falls,  N. 

Y.,  IX  Jan.,  i8r6 ;  m.  at  New  York,  si  Apr., 
1835,  Edmund  A.  Pftvie,  of  French  and 

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Spanish  parents,  a  refiigee  from  Hayti,  b. 
x8io ;  d.  1863  ^^'^  bur.  at  New  Berne,  N. 
C.  She  (L  at  Peekskill,  N.  Y.,  37  Jan.,  1895, 
bur.  at  Greenwood  Cemetery,  Brooklyn. 
Had  Edward  M.,  Charles  Augustus,  Emma 
Josephine,  Henry  Albert,  Nettie  L.,  Ger- 
trude G.  and  George  W.  Pkvie. 
vn.  Angbldtb  Lupton ,  b.  at  ButcermOk  Falls, 
N.  Y.,  9  March,  x8i8 ;  m.  xst,  at  New  York 
City,  6  May,  1839,  William  Henry  James; 
ch.  Annie,  William  H.and  Adelaide  J.  James ; 
m.  2d,  at  Brooklyn,  ix  Sept,  185 x,  Ralph 
Ward ;  ch.  Mary,  Ralph  and  Frank  Ward, 
vm.  Mary  Jane  Lufton,  b.  at  Cornwall,  N.  Y., 
13  May,  1820;  m.  at  New  York  City,  35 
Feb.,  1840,  Amd  S.  White,  s.  Rev.  Nicholas 
White  and  b.  at  Georgia,  Vt.,  30  Jan.,  1809. 
Both  d.  at  Brooklyn^  she  x  Dec,  1875,  ^^ 
35  Feb.,  x886  and  are  l^ur.  at  Cypress  Hills 
Cemetery.  He  was  a  desc.  in  8th  gen.  of 
Nicholas  White  of  Dorchester,  Mass.,  1 643, 
who  m.  Susannah  Humphrey,  and  was  a  pro* 
prietor  of  Taunton,  North  Purchase,  1668. 

Mary  J.  Lupton  and  Amsi  S.  White  had 
7  ch. :  Amsi  Olln,  Mary  Juliette,  Edward 
Lupton,  Willard  Vernon,  Arthur  Peregrine, 
Louisa  Wade  and  Eva  Fanning  White. 

Edward  Lupton  White  was  b.  35  July, 
X849,  ^  ^  ^^^  manufacturer  of  Brooklyn, 
and  ra.  xst,  3  June,  x88o,  Lavinia  Isett  Gif- 
ford,  who  d.  X3  March,  X897,  and  3d,  Mrs. 
L.  Josephine  Britton  Smidi,  who  d.  xs 
March,  1903 ;  x  child,  Josephine  Britton 
White,  b.  3  March,  X903. 

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IX.  Edward  Lupton,  b.  at  New  York,  25  Sept., 
1822.  Shipbuilder,  engineer  and  draughts- 
man, and  res.  at  New  York^  Brooklyn  and 
Venezuela,  S.  A. ;  m«  in  1848,  Theodosia 
Casler.  He  d.  at  Trinidad,  Venezuela,  S.  A., 
8  July,  1878,  and  bur.  there.  He  built  sev- 
eral gunboats  during  the  Civil  War,  among 
them  the  '*  Lenipe,"  and  also  the  sound  boat 
''  Long  Island,"  and  many  other  steamboats. 
Also  designed  several  of  the  first  of  the  large 
Fall  River  boats.  Issue :  Mary  S.,  Edward 
F.  and  Sarah  Lupton. 
m.  JosiAH  LuPTO>f,  b.  at  Wading  River,  L.  I.,  7  Aug., 

1780;  m.  23  Nov.,  1809,  Phebe  Skidmore,  b. 

10  May,  1790.    She  d.  at  Mattituck,  L.  L,  23 
*   May,  1832.  Ke  d.  at  MatUtuck,  15  Nov.,  1853. 

Both  bur.  there. 

I.  Harriet  Luptok,  b.  at  Wading  River,  L.  I., 
17  Oct.,  181 1 ;  m.  there  28  Feb.,  1874, 
Stephen  V.  Davis,  and  d.  23  or  26  Feb., 
1892,  No  issue, 
n.  Ann  Lupton,  b.  19  July,  1813 ;  m.  William 
F.  Lane,  and  res.  at  Mattituck,  L.  I.  She  d. 
23  Sept.,  1885.  Had  dau.  Grace,  m.  Charles 
W.  Avery,  and  now  living  at  Patchogue,  L.  I. 

III.  James  Lupton,  b.  at  Rocky  Point,  L.  I.,  23 

Nov.,  1814 ;  m.  Fannie  T.  Mosher.  She  d. 
at  Mattituck  15  June,  1879.  ^^  Vci^  at 
Greenport,  L.  I.    Issue  Henry  H. 

IV.  Ila  Lupton,  b.  ii  April,  1816 ;  m.  J.  Frank 

Horton,  and  res.  at  Mattituck.  She  d.  17 
April,  1891.    No  issue. 

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V.  Arr.KNi-riTK  T.urroN,  b.  15  Sept.,  iSi  7  ;  m.  t  i 
I'cb.,  1874,  Allen  Cox  al  llrooklyn,  N.  Y. ; 
d.  13  or  iS  June,  1893  ;  bur.  at  Mattituck, 
L.  I.  No  issue. 
VI.  Mary  Lupton,  b.  at  Rocky  Point,  L.  I.,  9 
Sept.,  1820;    m.  Capt.  Thomas  F.  Sayre. 
She  d.  25  July,  i90i.    Had  9  ch. 
VII.  Edmond  Fanning  LunoN,  b.  14  Oct.,  1823  ; 
m.  I  Jan.,  1851,  Hannah  Maria  Moore,  and 
d.  17  May,  1S61.   Had  Frank  Moore  Lup- 
ton,  a  publisher  in  New  York  City ;  John 
Mather  Lupton  and  Harry  Baldwin  Lupton. 
vin.  EuzA  McBride  Luppon,  b.  2  Sept.,  1826; 
in.  John  G.  Mather,  and  res.  at  Mattituck, 
L.  I.     No  issue. 
IV.  James  LixrroN,  b.  at  \Vading  River,  L.  I.,  20  or  25 
Oct.,  1782  ;  d.  unm.LtNew  Orleans,  La.,  13  July, 
1808,  a.  25  years,  8  months,  18  days   (g.  s.)  ; 
bur.  at  Wading  River,  L.  I. 
v.  AcHSAH  Lupton,  b.  at  Wading  River,  L.  L,  in 
March,  1 786  ;  m.  James  Randall  from  south  side 
of  L.  L,  and  had  2  sons. 
Issue  by  Second  IVt/e,  77iankftii: 
49.  XIII.  Katharine*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn., 

bap.  at  Stonington,  i  April,  1753;*  m.  about  1774, 
David  Mulford,  s.  Capt.  David  and  Phebe  (Glover) 
Mulford,  of  Staatsburg,  Dutchess  Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  b.  8 
April,  1747. 

They  res.  at  Wallkill,  Ulster  Co.,  N.  Y.,  where  he  d. 
in  1826.  Said  to  have  lived  also  at  Goshen,  Orange 
Co.,  N.  Y. 

•  Stonington  Church  baptisms  say  "  Katharine  dau.  of  Capt.  James  and 
yoanna  Fanning  baptized  by  Mr.  Fish,  I  April  1753,"  probably  mn  error  in 
recording  the  wife's  name. 

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16.  RICHARD»FANNINGJ).i698,  {Thomas', Edmuml^^ 

m.  at  Stoniiigton,  Conn.,  f8  Jan.,  1724-5, 

by  James  Miner,  j.  p., 

Hannah  Kegwin, 
eldest  dau.  of  John  and  Hannah  (Drown)  Kegwin, 
and  b.  at  Stonington,  15  Septl,  1701. 

Richard  Fanning,  the  youngest  son  of  Thomas  and 
Frances  (Ellis)  Fanning,  and  grandson  of  Edmund  Plan- 
ning, Senior,  the  ancestor  in  America,  was  b.  at  Stoning- 
ton,  Conn.,  9  June,  1698;  was  a  farmer  and  resided  at 
Stonington,  Voluntown,  Lebanon  and  Plainfield,  Conn. 
Both  d.  and  were  bur.  at  Plainfield,  dates  unknown. 
+50.    I.  THOMAS^  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  in  1724-5. 

51.  II.  Nathan\  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1726.  No  fur- 

ther record  of  him.  Family  papers  state  he  m.  and  re- 
moved to  North  Carolina.  A  Nathan  Fanning  m.  Es- 
ther Harding  at  Trinity  Church,  Newport,  R.  I.,  14 
Sept.,  1 760,  but  there  is  no  proof  that  he  was  the  above. 

52.  III.  Mary*,  b.  at  Lebanon,  Conn.,  8  Nov.  or  6  Dec,  1729 ; 

m.  at  Stonington,  8  April,  1751,  VVilliani  Glover,  prob- 
ably b.  at  Southold,  L.  I.,  about  171X.  Said  to  have 
lived  at  Plainficld,  Conn.,  for  a  time,  and  thence  re- 
moved to  Norwich,  where  he  d.  27  June,  178S,  a.  77. 

I.  Nathan  Glover,  b.  ;  m.  at  Plain- 

field,  and  setded  there. 

II.  Anne  Glover,  b.  in  1755;  m.  29  April,  1777, 

Capt.  Erastus  Perkins  and  settled  at  Norwich ; 
ch. :  Erastus,  Gurdon,  Lucy,  Jabez,  Asher,  Maria, 
James,  William,  Leonard  and  Francis. 

Anne  Perkins  d.  20  Feb.,  i  So 7,  a.  52  years. 

Erastus  Perkins  d.  18  Oct.,  1853,  a.  101  years, 

10  months. 

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III.  William  Glover,  b. 

IV.  Peleg  Glover,  b.  ;  d.  in  West 
Indiana  in  1798. 

V.  Mary  Glover,  b.  ;  m.  Nathaniel 
Prentice  Peabody  and  settled  at  Nonvich,  Conn. 

VI.  Phebe  Glover,  b.  ;  ni.  John  Brown 

and  settled  in  Preston,  Conn.,  and  had  family. 

vii.  James  Glover,  b.  in  1 768 ;  m.  Alphena,  dau.  of 

Gen.  Benjamin  Hovey  of  Oxford,  Chenango 

Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  lived  there  some  years. 

53.  IV.  Context**,  b.  at  Lebanon,  Conn.;   m.  at  Norwich,  21 

Sept.,  1760,  Joshua  Norman,  and  res.  at  Norwich, 
where  they  had  7  ch.  as  follows : 

I.  Catharine  Norman,  b.  10  July,  1761 ;  m.  ist, 
Asa  Peabody;  2d,  Rev.  Walter  King,  21  Dec, 
1 803,  and  res.  in  Norwich.  Removed  to  Williams- 
town,  where  he  d:  suddenly  in  Nov.,  1815.  No 
n.  Joshua  Norman,  b.  5  Jan.,  1764 ;  d.  young, 
in.  Ellinor  Norman,  b.  20  March,  1766 ;  d.  young. 

IV.  Lucy  Norman,  b.  31  June,  176S  ;  m.  22  June, 
1797,  Henry  Gordon,  and  settled  at  Norwich ; 
had  Joshua  and  Henry  William  Gordon. 

V.  Mary  Norman,  b.  27  Aug.,  1770;  m.  Hosea 
Bcebc  of  Chatham,  N.  Y.,  and  d.  23  Aug.,  1832. 

VI.  Hannah  Norman,  b.  5  Sept.,  1 772  ;  d.unm.  1812. 
vn.  Joseph  Norman,  b.  29  March,  1774. 

54.  V.  Gatliff*,  b.  at  Lebanon,  Conn. ;  d.  young. 

-f-55.    VI.  Richard*,  bap.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  21  Sept.,  1735. 
'Tl(^'  VII.  James*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1737. 
5  7.  VIII.  (dau.)*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1 739 ;  d.  young. 
58.    IX.  Catharine*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1741 ;  m. 
Samuel  Roath  and  setdcd  at  Preston,  Conn. ;  d.  1806, 
leaving  James  who  d.  at  sea,  Abiel  who  m.  at  Preston, 
Samuel  who  m.  at  Preston,  Nathan  and  Catharine. 

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18.  JOHN*  FANNING,  b.  1688.  ij^hn\  Edmund^) 

tn.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1716, 

Deborah  Parke, 
dau.  of  William  and  Hannah  (Frink)  Parke, 
and  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  5  Aug.,"  1696. 

llie  Parke  Family  was  a  prominent  one  in  Connecticut. 
They  des.  from  Robert  Parke,  who  m.  in  Edmondsbury, 
England,  Martha  Chaplin,  and  came  to  America  in  1630, 
in  the  ship  "Arbella"  with  Gov.  John  Winthrop.  Dea. 
Thomas  Parke  of  Preston,  Conn.,  s.  of  Robert,  m.  in 
Weathersfield,  Dorothy  Thompson.  He  was  one  of  the 
incorporators  of  Preston  in  1686,  named  after  the  town 
in  England  that  the  family  emigrated  from.  His  s.  Wil- 
liam m.  at  Preston  3  Dec,  1684,  Hannah  Frink,  and  had 
dau.  Deborah  Parke  who  m.  John  Fanning.  Deborah's 
eldest  sister,  Hannah,  m.  Edmund  Fanning  (No.  10). 

John*  Fanning,  Junior,  s.  of  Lieut.  John  Fanning,  and 
grand-s.  of  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  was  b.  in  the  town 
of  New  London,  Conn.,  about  1688,  in  that  part  set  off  in 
X  70s  to  form  the  new  town  of  Groton,  where  he  res.  during 
his  lifetime.     He  d.  intestate  at  Groton  in  Dec,  1718. 

The  widow  Deborah  m.  2d,  14  May,  1722,  Benajah 
Williams,  s.  of  Capt.  John  and  Martha  (Wheeler)  Wil- 
Hams,  and  b.  28  Aug.,  1 700,  and  had  Joseph,  b.  $  Dec, 
1725;  Jabez,  b.  2  July,  1727;  Prudence,  b.  20  Feb., 
1729-30;  Desire,  b.  16  Feb.,  1732-3;  and  Benajah,  b. 
3  Sept.,  173s,  all  recorded  at  Stonington.  Benajah  Wil- 
liams and  w.  Deborah  were  res.  at  Crum  Elbow,  Dutchess 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  1751 ;  dates  of  their  deaths  unknown. 
(For  sketch  of  John  Fanning,  Jr.,  see  Biographical  part.) 
Issue  of  John  and  Deborah  {Parhe)  Fanning: 
+59.  1.  John*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  ,  17 17  or  1718. 

+60.  II.  Thomas*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  ,  1719. 


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22.  WILLIAM"  FANNING,  b.  nhoul  1700.    (>////«,  /T/A 

tu.  at  about  1720, 

Esther?  , 

(hiu.  of 
and  b.  at 

William  Fanning,  s.  of  Lieut.  John  and  Margaret  (Cul- 
ver) Fannin;;,*  and  graud-s.  of  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior, 
the  ancestor  in  America,  was  b.  about  the  year  1 700,  in 
the  town  of  New  London,  Conn.,  in  that  part  which  was 
in  1 705  set  off  to  form  the  new  town  of  Groton. 

He  was  a  yeoman  or  farmer,  and  res.  at  Groton,  and 
afterward  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  on  the  records  of  which 
towns  his  name  appears.     On  the  7ih  of  July,  1721,  he, 

♦This  William  (N'o.  22),  wife  Esther,  is  entered  here  conditionally  as  the 
William  who  was  ihc  son  of  Lieut.  John  FLnning  simply  because  there  ap- 
pears to  be  no  other  place  for  him. 

He  could  not  have  been  William,  No.  6,  b.  1659,  as  it  is  proved  the  latter 
died  before  Jan.,  17x8-19;  nor  is  it  probable  he  was  William,  No.  9,  b.  1679, 
as  he  would  have  been  over  one  hundred  years  old  at  the  time  of  his  death 
in  X779i  a  possibility  but  not  a  probability  in  this  case.  Nor  was  he  William 
No.  24,  for  the  latter  was  born  in  17 151  too  late  to  have  children  of  marriage- 
able  age  in  1 742*  and  besides  this  William  No.  24  is  fully  accounted  for  else* 
where  by  the  Groton  Records.  Possibly  William  No.  22  may  have  been  a 
natural  son  of  William  Fanning  (No.  6  or  9)  and  Anna  Billings,  and  bom 
about  1704,  (vide  New  London  Records,  Book  VI.,  p.  68),  but  commonly 
such  children  took  the  surname  of  the  mother  and  not  the  father. 

If  William  No.  22  was  son  of  Lieut.  John  Fanning  it  is  singular  that  he 
was  not  mctitioticd  in  the  Lieutenant's  will  dated  I  Feb.,  1738-9,  it  being 
understood  that  a  will  would  not  stand  against  the  claims  of  a  child  thus 
ignored.  Family  records  aUosay  William,  son  of  Lieut.  John  Fanning,  died  a 
bachelor,  and  left  his  estate  to  his  nephew,  John  Fanning  (No.  59). 

There  is  a  '*  William  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Rebecca  Fanning,  b.  28 
Feb.,  169S"  recorded  on  the  Bristol,  R.  L,  Records  of  Births,  Book  vi.,  p. 
76,  who  does  not  appear  to  be  connected  with  the  Conn,  family  of  that  name. 
It  is  posiibie  he  may  h.ive  removed  to  Stonington  and  had  wife  Esther  as 

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llu'ii  orCrott)n,  traDsrcmHl  all  his  inUTcsl  in  the  firsl  niul 
sccoiul  (livLsiuiis  of  the  'IWa  Coiiiiiiuiis  in  Crulun  lo  Dr. 
Aaron  Fish.*  This  is  almost  the  only  record  of  him  that 
is  found  at  Groton.  lie  is  probably  the  William  Fanning 
whose  name  appears  on  the  New  London  County  Court 
Records  in  1733-4  in  a  suit  at  law  with  Jno.  I^dyard. 
In  1753  lie  was  of  Stonington,  and  purchased  that  year  a 
farm  of  80  acres  of  Ucnajah  Pendleton  and  John  Stevens 
in  the  North  Society  of  Stonington,  in  a  locality  now  called 
Ashwillet,  and  situated  west  of  Billings  Lake.  This  pur- 
chase included  the  privilege  of  erecting  a  saw  mill  and 
dam,  on  the  adjoining  land  of  Thomas  Main,  J  r.^  which  he 
afterwards  built,  and  traces  of  which  still  remain.  The 
greater  part  of  this  farm,  together  with  his  saw  mill,  he 
sold  to  Peter  Main  and  Thomas  Main,  Jr.,  in  1754  and 
1757.1  The  remaining  10  acres  he  probably  resided  on 
until  the  year  1762  when  he  disposed  of  it,  with  his 
dwelling-house  thereon,  to  his  son-in-law,  Christopher 
Billings.^  He  died  at  Stonington  in  March  or  April, 
1 779.  On  the  4th  of  May  of  that  year  Gershom  Brown 
and  Benjamin  Billings  were  appointed  by  the  Probate 
Court  at  Stonington  administrators  on  William  Fanning's 
estate  "  late  of  Stonington,  deceased,"  and  letters  were 
granted  and  bonds  taken  according  to  law.§  Among  the 
original  papers  at  Stonington  is  the  administrators'  bond 
signed  by  Gershom  Brown  of  Groton,  and  Benjamin  and 
Sanford  Billings  of  Stonington,  and  witnessed  by  Caleb 
Hakes  and  Elnathan  Rossiter.  Inventory  ;^382-5-io, 
taken  18  May,  1779,  by  appraisers  Henry  Hewitt  and 

*  Groton  Deeds,  Book  l.,  p.  741* 

t  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  vi.,  p.  349  and  Book  vii.,  p.  125. 

X  Ibttl.,  Book  VH.,  p.  371. 

§  Stonington  Probate  Records,  Book  III.,  p.  200. 

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Abel  Spicer,  and  the  property  consisted  of  household 
furniture,  chattels,  etc.,  but  no  real  estate.* 

The  date  of  Esther  Fanning's  death  is  not  forthcoming, 

nor  is  it  known  where  she  or  her  husband  are  buried.  She 

had  probably  died  before  1779.     An  Esther  Fanning, 

perhaps  the  above  mentioned,  appears  in  1761  and  1762 

on  the  New  London  County  Court  Records  in  a  suit  at 

law  against  John  Fish  "of  Stunington."  She  was  referred 

to  then  as  "late  of  Groion,  now  [1761]  of  Stonington." 


61.    I.  AxxA*  (?),  b.  at  ,  Conn.,  about  1723  ;  m.  at 

Westerly,  R.  I.,t  14  Nov.,  1742,!  Christopher  Billings, 

b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,   10  Feb.,  1723,  s.  of  Lieut. 

Ebenezerand  Phebe  (Denison)  Billings,  he  s.  of  Eben- 

ezer  and  .Anna  (Comstock)  Billings,  he  s.  of  William 

and  Mary  (  )  Billings,  the  first  of  the  name  in 


Anna  d.  early  in  life,  and  Christopher  Billings  m.  2d, 
at  Stonington,  16  Nov.,  1758,  Abigail,  dau.  of  Joseph 
and  Hannah  (Coates)  Babcock,  b.  20  April,  1 731,  and 
had  issue  .Anne,  John,  Joseph  and  Jonas  Babcock,  all 
recorded  at  Stonington. § 
Issue  of  Christopher  and  Anna  {Fanning)  Billings  :l 
I.  Marcv  Billings,  b.  2S  Nov.,  1743. 
II.  Daniel  Bilungs,  b.  23  July,  X74S» 
III.  Christopher  Billings,  b.  5  Nov.,  1 748. 

*  Stonington  Probate  Records,  Book  in.,  p.  209. 

t  Recorded  on  Stonington  Records,  Births,  Marriages  and  Deaths,  Book 
III.,  p.  162,  in  which  it  states  "both"  were  "of  Stonington." 

X  History  of  Stonington,  p.  240,  erroneously  says  Anna  was  m.  "  14  Nov., 
1743,"  that  she  *'d.  16  Nov.,  1758,*'  and  that  dau.  "Mercy  was  b.  28  Nov., 

$. Stonington  Records,  Births,  Marriages  and  Deaths,  Book  III.,  p.  163.^ 
li  All  recorded  on  Stonington  Records,  Births,  Marriages  and  Deaths,  Book 

III.,  p.  162,  except  D?nicl,  who  is  recorded  in  same  book,  p.  124. 

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IV.  Nathan  Bilungs,  b.  15  May,  1750. 

V.  Margaret  Billings,  b.  x  April,  ^1S^* 

VI.  Lydu  Bilungs,  b.  18  Dec,  2755. 

62.  n.  Margaret*/  b.  at  in  1727 ;  m.  at 

in  1 741,  James  Billings,  Jr.,  b.  at  Stoning- 
ton  20  Sept.,  1 7 19,  s.  of  James  and  Mary  (Hewitt) 
Billings,  he  s.  of  Ebenezer  and  Anna  (Comstock)  Bil- 
lings, he  s.  of  William  and  Mary  (  )  Billings. 

Mary  Hewitt  was  dau.  of  Lieut.  Benjamin  and  Mary 
(Fanning)  Hewitt  (No.  8). 

Margaret  Billings  d.  at  Stonington,Conn.,  "27  March 
1752  in  her  26***  year"  (g.  s.),  and  is  bur.  in  the  Plains 
Burying  Ground,  North  Stonington.  Date  of  his  death 
and  place  of  burial  not  known. 

Isstte^  recorded  at  Stonington  .'f 
I.' Jonas  Billings,  b.  6  Feb.,  1742. 

II.  Benjamin  Billings,  b.  4  Nov.,  1744. 

III.  Alpheus  Billings,  b.  27  Oct.,  1746. 

IV.  Amos  Billings,  b.  16  Jan.,  1749. 

V.  James  Billings,  b.  ii  Oct.,  1751. 

63.  in.  EsTHER*(?),  b.  at  ,  about  1729 ;  m.  at 

Stonington,  Conn.,  by  Simeon  Miner,  j.  p.,  15  Nov., 
1749,  Gershom  Brown,  |  probably  the  Gershom  who 
was  b.  at  Stonington  29  Aug.,  1729.  He  was  s.  of 
Humphrey  and  Tabitha  (Holdridge)  Brown,  he  s.  of 
Thomas,  Jr.,  and  Hannah  (Collins)  Brown,  he  s.  of 
Thomas,  Sr.,  and  Mary  (Newhall)  Brown  of  Lynn,  Mass. 
Gershom  had  a  brother  Humphrey  who  m.  Mary,  dau. 
of  Jonathan  and  Elizabeth  (Way)  Fanning  (No.  35). 
No  issue  of  Gershom  and  Esther  (Fanning)  Brown 
appears  recorded  at  Stonington. 

*  On  authority  of  C.  Billings,  ISillingsbridge,  Ontario,  Canada,  who  is  com- 
piling  a  Billings  genealogy. 

t  Stonington  Records,  J^irths,  Marriages  and  Deaths,  Book  ill.,  p.  157. 
;ibid.,  |>.  149. 

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24,  WILLIAM^  FANNING,  b.  1715,     (Edmund^  Ed- 
mund^ Edmund^) 

in.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  17  March,  i737f 

Ann  Minor,* 

daii.  of  James  and  Abigail  (Kklridgc)  Minor, 
and  b.  at  Taugwank,  town  of  Stonington,  Conn.,  about 
1 71 7.  She  had  a  sister  Abigail  who  m.  John  Fanning  (No. 
59).  James  Minor  was  s.of  Ephraim,  and  he  s.  of  Thomas 
Minor,  the  settler  in  Conn. 

William  Fanning,  s.  of  Edmund  and  Hannah  (Parke) 
Fanning,  was  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  23  Dec,  1715.  He 
was  reared  on  the  ancestral  farm  that  descended  from  his 
great-grandfather,  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  to  whom  it 
was  an  original  grant  in  1664.  ^^^  no  doubt  res.  there 
during  his  lifetime.  Little  record  of  him  is  found  among 
the  land  transfers  of  that  town.  He  m.  Ann,  dau.  of  James 
and  Abigail  (Eldridge)  Minor,  and  had  issue  seven  ch., 
all  of  whom  grew  to  maturity,  and  all  but  one  of  whom 
had  families.  His  name  frequently  appears  on  the  New 
London  County  Court  records  between  the  years  1738 
and  1758  in  civil  suits.  A  William  Fanning  was  chosen 
tythingman  5  Dec,  1 743,  as  appears  by  the  Groton  town 
meeting  records.     (Probably  No.  22  or  No.  24.) 

He  d.  at  Groton  apparently  after  Feb.,  1758,  but  previ- 
ous to  July,  1 762,  the  date  of  his  father's  will,  as  he  is  not 
mentioned  therein,  but  in  which  his  two  sons,  William 
and  James,  were  made  legatees  and  received  the  bulk  of 
tlieir  grandfather's  estate. 

•This  name  is  properly  Miner,  although  the  first  generfttioni  of  the  family 
spel'iecl  it  on  ihc  Connecticut  records  almost  invariahly  "Minor." 

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The  date  of  his  wife's  death  is  unknown,  ns  arc  also 
llicir  burial-places,  though  they  were  very  hkely  hiterred 
in  the  Fanning  Bur)'ing  Ground  on  the  (arm,  but  with  un- 
marked headstones. 


64.  I.  James*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1739. 

He  never  m.  By  the  will  of  his  grandfather,  Edmund 
Fanning,  he  and  his  brother  William  inherited  in 
1 76S,  300  acres  of  the  ancestral  farm  at  Groton,  which 
included  in  its  bounds  the  original  50  acre  grant  to 
Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  from  the  town  of  New  Lon- 
don in  1664.  A  division  line  was  agreed  upon  and 
established,  20  April,  1768,  between  James  and  Wil- 
liam's shares,  and  quitclaim  deeds  were  passed  one  to 
the  other.f  By  the  terms  of  the  will  James  had  the 
first  choice,  and  selected  the  southern  part  of  the  farm 
bounded  by  Mystic  River  on  the  east  and  the  brook 
on  the  south  and  west. 

He  d.  intestate  at  Groton  in  Feb.,  1769,  less  than  a 
year  after  his  inheritance,  and  previous  to  the  full  exe- 
cution of  his  trust  as  one  of  the  executors  of  his  grand- 
father's will.  His  brother  William,  the  remainbg 
executor,  was  appointed  administrator  of  James's  es- 
tate 6  March,  1769,  by  the  Probate  Court  at  Stoning- 
ton.  He  petitioned  the  Court  that  freeholders  be 
appointed  to  divide  up  the  real  estate  among  the  law- 
ful heirs,  and  Benadam  Gallup,  Nathan  Crary  and  Lieut. 
Nathan  Gallup  of  Groton  were  appointed.  They  made 

*The  seven  children  were  probably  all  born  at  Groton,  although  no  dates 
of  births  are  found  recorded  there,  and  we  can  only  approximate  the  time. 
There  may  also  have  been  a  son  Edmund  found  mentioned  among  the  origi- 
nal papers  at  Stoningtun,  under  William  Fanning's  administratorship  of  his 
brother  James's  estate  in  1769.  Or  the  Edmund  referred  to  may  have  been 
son  of  William,  No.  65. 

t Groton  Deeds,  Book  viit.,  p.  98. 

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their  returns  of  the  division  2  May,  1 769,  and  the  real 
estate  was  distributed  to  the  six  brothers  and  sisters. 
The  inventory,  taken  14  March,  the  same  year,  esti- 
mated the  homestead  farm  at  120  acres  which,  with 
the  buildings  thereon,  was  valued  at  ^330-0-0.  Bal- 
ance of  inventory  was  ;£i  34-4-1 1.  On  the  7th  July, 
1772,  an  additional  inventory  of  ;i^52-6-2  was  exhib- 
ited to  and  allowed  by  the  Court,  making  a  total  of 

He  is  supposed  to  be  buried  in  the  Fanning  Bury- 
ing Ground,  but  with  unmarked  headstone. 

(See  Map  in  another  part  of  this  volume  showing 
the  Fanning  farm  and  James's  portion  and  its  distribu- 
tion.   See  also  Appendix  D.) 
+  65.  XI.  William*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1741. 


Gf.orck^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1743. 

.Anna®,  b.  at  Grot«in,  Conn.,  about  1745  ;  m.  ist  at  Gro- 
ton previous  to  21  April,  1769,  Nathaniel  Niles  of  that 
town  b.  23  March,  1741,  s.- of  Nathan  Niles  by  his  1st 
w.  (Nathan  Niles  m.  2d  2er\iah  Fanning  Wheeler,  No. 
23,  dau.  of  Edmund  and  Hannah  (Parke)  Fanning). 
The  Niles  family  were  prominent  in  the  Baptist  Church 
at  Groton,  which  church  Anna  joined  in  1773.  "Voted 
S  Oct.,  1790,  that  Nathaniel  Niles  have  Pew  No.  6," 
in  the  Baptist  Meeting  House  (Records  of  the  Church). 
Nathaniel  Niles  res.  at  Groton  where  he  d.  17  Jan., 
18 1 2,  aged  71  years,  and  is  bur.  in  the  Niles  Burying 
Ground.  His  will  is  recorded  at  Stonington  dated  5 
Sept.,  1807,  proved  2  March,  1812,  and  mentions  w. 
Anna,  sons  Henry  (who  was  made  executor)  and  Gid- 
eon, and  dau.  Zerviah  Wightman.  Inventory  ^4,1 13.34, 
which  included  the  homestead  farm  and  buildings  val- 
ued at  $3,400.  There  is  no  record  of  the  births  of 
Anna  Niles's  ch.  at  Groton  or  Stonington. 

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An  old  Fanning  record  or  manuscript  written  by 
Lucy  Fanning  Watson,  mother  of  John  Fanning  Wat- 
son, the  "annalist,"  says  "Anna  married  2d  a  Frink 
and  3d  a  Stark,  but  without  issue  in  both  cases."  If 
that  statement  is  correct,  there  is  no  record  of  such 
marriages  at  Groton  or  Stonington,  and  it  is  hardly 
reasonable  to  suppose  that  Anna  married  twice  after 
the  death  of  her  husband,  Nathaniel  Niles,  in  18 12,  at 
which  time  she  was  nearly  seventy  years  of  age. 
+68.  V.  RoGER^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1749. 
69.  VI.  Freelove*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  in  1751 ;  m.  at  Groton 
in  1773,  Caleb  Williams,  s.  of  Nathan  and  Elizabeth 
(Haley)  Williams.  Caleb  was  of  the  sixth  generation 
in  this  country,  and  des.  from  Robert  Williams  of  Rox- 
bury,  Mass.  He  was  b.  18  July,  1749,  was  a  farmer, 
and  res.  at  Hazelnut  Hill,  town  of  Groton.  Freclove 
was  a  member  of  the  Daptist  Church  at  Groton. 

He  d.  at  Groton,  i  March,  1825,  aged  76  years. 

Slie  d.  at  Groton,  7  March,  1831,  aged  80  years. 

Both  bur.  at  Smith  Lake  Cemetery,  Poquonnock, 

His  will  is  recorded  at  Stonington,  dated  33  May, 
1822,  proved  5  April,  1825,  and  mentions  w.  Freelove, 
sons  Jesse  (who  was  made  executor)  and  Edmund, 
and  dau.  Nancy  Williams.  Inventory  $3,428.21,  which 
included  the  homestead  farm  of  128  acres,  with  build- 
ings thereon,  valued  at  $2,688.00. 

Issue^  recorded  at  Groton : 

I.  Jesse  Williams,  b.  28  June,  1774 ;  m.  Elizabeth, 
dau.  of  Ensign  Ebenezer  Avery,  Jesse  d.  26 
Feb.,  1839,  a.  6$.  Elizabeth  d.  8  Jan.,  1843, 
a.  62. 

II.  Alfred  Wiujams,  b.  21  Dec,  1776. 

III.  MixoR  Williams,  b.  28  March,  1779 ;  d.  at  sea. 

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IV.  Cai.kii  Williams,  h.  13  Jan.,  1781  ;  <1.  at  sea. 

V.  Nancy  Williams,  b.  4  Nov.,  17S4;  d.  uiim.,  31 

May,  1S60,  a.  75. 

VI.  Edmund  Williams,  b.  iS  March,  178S. 

VII.  Hannah  Williams,  b.  6  Dec,  1 790 ;  d.  young. 
70.  VII.  Hannah*,  b,  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1753;    m.  at 

GxoXon  previous  to  28  Feb.,  1775,*  Oliver  Grant,  Jr., 
and  settled  in  North  Stonington.  He  was  b.  at  Ston- 
ington,  16  April,  1754,  s.  of  Oliver  and  Ann  Borodel 
(Dilliiigs)  Grant,  and  des.  from  Matthew  Grant,  who 
settled  in  Dorchester,  Mass.,  and  later  at  Windsor, 
Conn.     He  was  a  captain  in  the  Colonial  army. 

He  d.  at  North  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1832. 

She  d.  at  North  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1834. 
Issue  : 

I.  OtrvER  Grant,  b.  in  1779  ;  m.  Esther  Breed. 

II.  George  Grant,  b.  7  Aug.,  1782  ;  was  in  War  of 

1S12  ;  d.  in  service,  at  Greenbush,  N.  Y.,  unm. 

III.  William  Grant,  b.  in  i  784 ;  d.  unm.  at  Goshen, 


IV.  Hannah  Grant,  b.  in  1787  ;    d.  unm.  at  Gris- 

wold,  Conn. 

V.  HosEA  Grant,  b.  in  1789  ;   m.  Betsey  Jacques 

and  settled  in  Ithaca,  N.  Y. 
VL  Wheeler  Grant,  b.  1 790 ;  res.  Ithaca,  N.  Y. 
vu.  Rebecca  Grant,  b.  in  1792  ;  m.  Elisha  Keeney 

and  lived  in   North   Stonington,  Conn.,  and 

later  in  Goshen,  where  he  d. 

•  "Ancient  Windsor,"  Vol.  11.,  p.  319,  and  History  of  Stonington,  p.  402, 
both  erroneously  state  that  Hannah  Fanning  married  Oliver  Grant,  Jr.,  20 
April,  1775.  She  was  '*  Hannah  Grant  late  Hannah  Fanning,"  on  Feb.  28, 
177?,  as  proved  by  deed  of  George  Fanning  to  Ezra  Barnes  recorded  at  Groton, 
Book  viir.,  p.  115.  It  is  obvious,  therefore,  that  she  was  married  previous  to 
that  d.ile,  and  could  not  have  married  on  the  20th  of  April,  1775. 

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31.  JONATHAN*  FANNING,  b.  1717,  (J*>mi/h.iii\ 

Juimtind'^^  KtimuntO) 

m.  at  Croton,  Conn.,  in  x  739, 

Mary  , 

dau*  of 
and  b.  at 

Jonathan  Fanning,  Junior,  great-grand-s.  of  Edmund, 
the  emigrant  ancestor,  was  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  on  the 
2Sth  of  October,  1 7 1 7. 

At  his  father's  death  in  1761  he  inhcritc<l  the  eastern 
part  of  his  homestead  farm  in  Groton,  near  Mystic  River, 
wlitch  farm  descended  from  lilihimnd  i*:inning.  Senior. 
1  Icre  he  followed  farming  and  lived  to  the  time  of  his 
death.  The  location  of  the  western  boundary  of  this 
farm  was  decided  in  an  agreement  made  in  1771  with 
his  brother  David,  who  had  inherited  that  portion  of 
his  father's  land  that  lay  to  the  westward,  which  agree- 
ment is  on  record  at  Groton,  Book  vin.,  page  98.  (See 
map  in  another  part  of  this  volume.)  His  habitation  no 
doubt  was  the  old  Fanning  house  built  by  his  father  or 
grandfather  and  stands  to-day  near  the  present  Alonzo 
Main  residence* 

Jonathan  died  in  April,  1795, and  bequeathed  his  farm 
to  his  son  Phineas.  At  that  time  it  comprised  about 
fifty  acres,  and  was  bounded  on  the  east  by  Mystic  Brook 
and  William  VVilh'ams's  land  of  Stonington,  on  the  North 
by  Lantern  Hill  Lower  Pond  and  land  belonging  to  heirs 
of  Joseph  Stanton,  on  the  west  by  Hopkins's  land,  and 
on  the  South  by  lands  of  Manassah  Short,  Captain  Sam- 
uel Williams  and  Ambrose  Fish. 

Mary,  the  wife  of  Jonathan  Fanning,  had  presumably 
died  before  1786,  the  date  of  the  making  of  his  will,  as 
she  is  not  mentioned  therein. 

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Their  burial  places  arc  unknown,  but  were  probably  in 
the  old  Fanning  Burying  Ground  on  the  ancestral  farm, 
but  with  unmarked  headstones. 

Following  is  a  copy  of  the  will  recorded  at  Stonington  : 

"In  the  Name  of  God  Amen  I  Jonathan  Faning  of 
Groton  in  the  C^ounty  of  New  London  in  the  State  of 
Connecticut  being  infirm  in  liody  but  Knjoying  a  Sound 
&  Disposing  mintl  and  mctr.ory  thanks  be  Given  to  God 
therefor  Calling  to  mind  the  mortality  of  my  Body  and 
that  it  is  appointed  fur  all  men  once  to  Die  do  make  and 
ordain  this  my  Last  Will  &  Testament  &  first  of  all  giveing 
and  Recoininendiiig  my  Soul  to  God  that  gave  it  Be- 
seeching Him  to  Receive  it  for  the  sake  and  merit  of  my 
only  Saviour  Christ  Jesus  my  Alone  Hope  and  my  Body 
to  the  Dust  ro  Have  a  Christian  Burial  at  the  Discretion 
of  my  Executor  hereafter  Named  Nothing  Doubting  but 
I  Shall  Receive  it  again  at  the  Resurrection  of  the  Just 
and  as  Touching  Such  Worldly  Estate  wherewith  it  Has 
pleased  god  to  bless  me  wit'»  in  this  Life  I  Give  Demise 
and  Dispose  of  the  Same  in  the  following  manner  and 
form  and  first  of  all  I  will  that  all  my  Just  Debts  &  funeral 
Charges  be  paid  C^  Satisfied  in  Due  time  by  my  Executor 
out  of  my  Estate.  Item  I  Give  and  Devise  to  my  Beloved 
Son  Phinehas  Faning  all  my  Lands&  Buildings  on  Which  I 
now  Dwell  or  Have  a  Right  to  Elsewhere  &iid  Lands  & 
Buildings  Lying  &  being  in  Groton  Aforesaid  and  Bounded 
as  follows  Namely  on  the  East  with  Mistick  Brook  or  River 
So  Called  untill  it  comes  to  the  Land  I  sold  to  William  Wil- 
liams Esqr.  of  Stonington  &  So  to  the  Pond  Called  Lanthom 
Hill  Lower  pond  Bounded  on  the  North  partly  on  Sd  Pond 
and  partly  on  Land  Belonging  to  the  Heirs  of  Joseph  Stan- 
ton Late  of  Stonington  Deed  and  on  the  West  With 
Hopkins  his  Land  where  David  Faning  Now  Lives  Bound- 
ed on  the  South  Partly  on  Manassah  Shorts  Land  and  on 
Capt,  Samuel  Williams  and  Ambros  Fishes  Land  to  the 
Bound  first  mentioned  to  be  to  Him  His  Heirs  &  Assigns 
for  Ever  in  Fee  Simple  I  also  Give  my  Said  Son  Phine- 
has Faning  all  my  moveable  or  Perional  Estate  of  what 
Kind  or  Denomination  Soever  Excepting  my  Gun  on 

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Condition  of  His  paying  what  I  shall  in  this  my  will 
order  him  to  pay  to  His  Brother  Asher  Faning — Item  I 
Give  &  Bequeath  to  my  Beloved  Son  Ashur  Faning  the 
Sum  of  Twenty  Five  pounds  Lawful!  Money  Two  years 
after  my  Decease  to  be  paid  to  Him  or  Heirs  by  my  Son 
Phinehas  or  Heirs  in  Consideration  of  what  I  Have 
given  Him  in  this  my  will — Item  I  Give  &  Bequeath  to 
my  Grandson  John  Faning  my  Gun — Item  I  do  hereby 
Appoint  my  Beloved  Son  Phinehas  Faning  Sole  Execu- 
tor of  this  my  Last  will  utterly  Revoking  &  Disannulling 
all  other  wills  heretofore  by  me  made  Ratifying  this  & 
only  this  to  be  my  Last  will  &  Testament  in  Testamony 
hereof  I  Have  hereunto  Set  my  hand  &  affixed  my  seal 
this  6th  Day  of  Septr.  a.  d.  1786  Signed  Sealed  pub- 
lished &  Declared  to  be  the  Last  will  &  testament  of  the 
Sd  Jonathan  Faning  by  him  Self 
in  presence  of  us  as  wit  Jonathan  Fanikc  [Seal] 

neses  Wm.  Williams  Junr. 
"Prudence  Williams, 
"Lucy  Fish. 

"New  London  County  ss  Groton  April  24"*  1795  per- 
sonally Appeared  Wit%^  Capt.  William  Williams  &  Pru- 
dence Williams  Both  of  Sd  Groion  &  Severally  made 
oath  that  they  Saw  Mr.  Jonathan  Faning  Signer  &  Sealer 
of  the  foregoing  Instrument  Sign  &  Seal  &  Heard  him 
Publish  &  Declare  the  Same  to  be  His  Last  will  &  testa- 
ment &  that  they  Severally  Signed  the  Same  with  Lucy 
Fish  as  Witneses  thereto  in  the  Presence  of  the  Testator 
&  of  Each  other  &  that  in  their  Opinion  the  Testator  was 
then  of  Sound  mind,  Memory  &  Understanding — Before 
me —  Stephen  Billings  Justice  of  Peace 

"the  Foregoing  Executor  Appeared  in  this  Court  Ac- 
cept', the  trust  &  gave  Bond  agreable  to  Law. 

"Attest    John  Denison  3d  Clerk" 

"an  Inventory  Taken  of  the  Estate  of  Mr.  Jonathan 
Faning  Late  of  Groton  Deed.  Aprl.  25th  1795 
"To  so  Acres  by  Estimation  of  Land  with  the  Buildings 

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\'   ApiMirtonnnccs   (hcivunto  l»c'lon^ing  at  >^3.oo  pr  acri! 

^15000     Tolal  X'2|*>--   7 

"WiHiuiii  A.  Morgan  )  Appraisers 
"Richard  Failing       J  under  oath 
"Executrs  made  oath  to  this  Inventory 
in  Common  Form  of  Law — 
"Attest    John  Dcnison  3d,  Clerk. 

"This  Court  Hath  Allowed  6  months  to  the  Creditors  to 
the  Estate  of  Mr.  Jonathan  Faning  Lateof  Groton  Deed, 
to  Kx!iil)it  tlieir  Claims  against  Sd.  Deed.  Estate  or  be 
Debarred  a  Recovery  Agreable  to  Law — 

"Attest    John  Denison  3d  Clerk." 

Issue  :^ 

71.  I.  '^lIOMAs^  b.  at  (jrolon,  Conn.,  14  Nov.,  1741.    He  was 

"of  Croton,*' and  was  known  as  Capt.  Thomas  Fan- 
ning, 2(1,  and  followed  the  sea.  There  Ls  no  record 
of  his  marriage  or  the  birth  of  any  children  at  Groton, 
Stonington  or  New  Londo.i. 

He  died  in  Feb.  or  March,  1776,  and  "his  brothcr"t 
Phineas  was  appointed  administrator  on  his  intestate 
estate,  by  the  Probate  Court,  2  April,  1776.  His  in- 
ventory taken  4  May  following  by  the  appraisers, 
Elisha  Williams  and  'i'homas  Holdridge,  amounted  to 
;^69-i2-i.  On  the  ist  of  April,  1777,  Phineas  Fane 
ning,  was  allowed  by  the  Probate  Court  six  months 
additional  time  to  complete  his  administration. 

72.  n.  LoES  [Lois?]*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  25  May,  1743  ;  no 

further  record  of  her  is  found. 

-f-73.  III.  Phineas*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  16  Nov.,  1743.  (The 
dates  of  births  of  Loes  and  Phineas  are  inconsistent, 
but  they  are  given  as  found  on  the  records  at  Groton.) 

4-74.  IV.  AsHER*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn. 

"The  births  of  Thomas,  I/)cs  and  Phineas  only  are  on  the  Groton  records. 
t  Vido  original  Probate  papers  on  file  at  Stonington,  ami  in  particular  one 
dated  24  March,  1777,  signed  by  John  Denison  $th. 

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33.  DAVID*FANNING,  h.  1727,    {Jomiihati'.  Juimmnn, 

m.  ist^  at  Groton,  Conn.^  2  Jan.,  1749, 

Abigail  Fish» 
dau.  of  and  Mary  (  )  Fish, 

and  b.  at  in  1 730. 

She  d.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  26  June,  1771,  in  her  42d 

He  m.  2d,  at  Sionington,  Conn.,  3  Feb.,  1772, 

Mary  Searle, 
dau.  of  Bcnoni  and  Content  (Holdridge)  Searle, 
and  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  10  April,  1750. 

David  Fanning  of  Groton,  Conn.,  second  son  of  Jona- 
than and  Elizaljcth  (Way)  Fanning,  and  great-grandson 
of  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  was  born  at  Groton,  2  March, 
1 727.  Ke  also  resided  on  the  old  Fanning  farm  of  his  an- 
cestors on  Mystic  River,  the  greater  part  of  which  was 
owned  by  Edmund  Fanning  of  the  first  generation  in  this 
country,  and  a  portion  of  which  descended  to  David. 

He  inherited  the  western  part  of  his  father  Jonathan's 
share  of  the  original  farm,  with  the  house  thereon,  at  the 
lattcr's  death  in  1 76 1 .  It  comprised  about  thirty-five  acres 
and  was  bounded  on  the  east  by  his  brother  Jonathan, 
Junior's,  land,  on  the  south  by  Edmund  Fanning's,  on  the 
west  by  William  Williams's,  and  on  the  north  by  Joseph 
Stanton's  farm.  (See  Map  of  the  Groton  farm  in  another 
part  of  this  work.) 

David  Fanning's  house,  which  is  first  mentioned  in  his 
father's  will  in  1 757,  was  located  on  the  eastern  part  of  the 
farm  near  the  boundary  line  of  his  brother  Jonathan's  por- 
tion. It  was  probably  built  for  him  by  his  father,  which 
may  be  inferred  from  the  latter's  will  in  1757,  which 
states  he  bequeathed  the  farm  "with  the  house  thereon/* 

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etc.,  etc.  Tlie  house  went  clown  many  years  ago,  and 
nothing  remains  now  but  the  cellar-hole.  Traces  of  an 
old  barn  and  cow-pen  arc  discernible.  The  land  is  now 
owned  by  Alonzo  Main. 

On  the  iSth  of  Dec,  1 765,  David  Fanning  sold  15  acres 
from  the  southern  portion  of  his  farm  to  Edward  Short 
of  Stonington,*  which  lot  seems  to  have  been  owned  in 
1777  by  Capt.  Manassah  Short,  and  was  sold  by  him  to 
Robert  Dixon  just  previous  to  1791.!  An  old  cellar-hole 
is  on  the  premises,  which  probably  marks  the  site  of  the 
Short  residence.  David  sold  the  remainder  of  his  farm, 
iS  acres,  with  buildings  thereon,  to  Jonathan  Hilliard  of 
Stonington,  29  May,  1782, J  and  he  disposed  of  it,  11 
November,  same  year,  to  Thomas  Hopkins.§ 

David  Fanning  m.  ist  at  Groton,  2  Jan.,  1749,  but  the 
name  of  his  wife  is  not  obtainable.  She  d,  at  Groton, 
26  June,  1771,  in  her  4 2d  year.  He  m.  2d  at  Stoning- 
ton, 3  Feb.,  1772,  Mary,  dau.  of  Benoni  and  Content 
(Holdridge)  Searle  of  that  town.  He  had  eighteen  child- 
ren by  his  two  wives. 

David  Fanning  was  a  soldier  in  the  French  and  Indian 
War.  He  enlisted  in  Capt.  John  Stanton's  company  of 
Col.  Eleazer  Fitch's  regiment,  and  his  name  is  founds  in 
the  muster-roll  of  that  company,  dated  at  Groton,  27 
April,  1759,  and  preserved  among  the  State  Records  at 
Hartford.  After  the  expiration  of  the  term  of  service  of 
the  regiment  he  reenlisted  in  Col.  Lyman's  ist  Conn. 
regiment,  17  March,  1762,  and  was  mustered  out  as  ser- 
geant in  Capt.  John  Wheatley's  company  on  the  ist  of 
Dec.  of  that  year,  having  served  in  that  regiment  thirty- 
seven  weeks  and  one  day,  his  pay  for  the  entire  time  be- 
ing ;^20-8-65<. 

♦Groton  Deeds,  iJook  vii.,  p.  77. 
}  11)1(1.,  Dook  X.,  p.  134. 

t  Ibid.,  Book  XI.,  p.  210. 
§  Ibid.,  p.  146. 

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He  (I.  at  Groton,  8  Jan.,  181 7,  in  the  90th  year  of  his 

His  widow  d.  20  Oct.,  1821,  aged  71  years. 
Their  burial  places  are  unknown. 

Issue  EighUen  Childrai:^ 

75.  I.  Mary*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  2  Nov.,  1749 ;  m.  at  New 

Haven,  Conn.,  18  May,  1792,  Rev.  Samuel  Haskeli. 
They  were  living  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.  Y.,  in  1 797,  but 
removed  in  Dec,  that  year,  to  Rye,  N.  Y.,  where  they 
res.  in  1798.    No  further  record. 

76.  n.  VVelthie*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  3  Jan.,  1752.   No  fur- 

ther record. 

+  77.    in.  Jonathan',  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  2  or  13  March,  1754. 

+  78.    IV.  Elisha*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  16  Sept.,  1756. 

+  79,  V.  David*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  23  Dec,  1758. 
80.  VI.  Nathan*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  2  March,  1761.  He 
was  probably  the  Nathan  Fanning  who  enlisted  as  a 
marine,  10  June,  1776,  for  service  on  the  galley, 
"  Shark,"  built  at  Norwich  by  Capt.  Jonathan  Lester.f 
This  vessel  was  commanded  by  Theophilus  Stanton,  but 
while  in  service  in  New  York  by  Capt.  Roger  Fanning 
(No.  (i^).  Among  those  who  enlisted  at  the  same 
time  were  Jonathan  Fanning  (No.  77.)  and  Thomas 
Fanning  (No.  — ?),  both  asseamen.{  The  Shark  was 

*  The  Groton  records  give  no  names  or  dates  of  births  of  any  children,  but 
an  old  memorandum  pocket-book  of  David  Fanning,  now  in  possession  of  a 
descendant.  Miss  Cynthia  L.  Cranston,  New  London,  Conn.,  contains  the 
births  of  nine  children  by  first  wife  and  nine  by  second  wife,  as  given  above. 
It  also  gives  the  date  of  his  first  marriage  and  his  first  wife*s  death,  but  not  her 

t  Vide  History  of  Norwich,  Conn.,  by  Frances  M.  Caulkins,  edition  1874, 
p.  402. 

J  Vide  Connecticut  Revolutionary  Rolls,  pp.  150  and  594.  There  were 
four  by  the  name  of  Fanning  serving  on  this  vessel  out  of  a  equipment 
of  fifty  men. 


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onlcrc*!  U>  New  V»»ik  l»y  (Icn.  Washington,  anil  did 
service  on  the  Hudson  River  in  conjunction  with  the 
row-galleys,  "Crane"  and  "Whiting,"  the  last  two 
being  captured  by  the  British  in  the  fall  of  1776. 
On  the  7  Fe!).,  1777,  Nathan  Fanning  enlisted  for 
three  years  as  private  in  Capt.  Christopher  Ely's  com- 
pany of  I-ynie,  in  Col.  Huntington's  regiment,  and 
died  at  Valley  Forge,  [2  April,  1778. 

Si.  vil  Pmnnp:*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  14  Nov.,  1763.      No 
further  record. 

82.  VIII.  Bridget*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn,,  22  April,  1766.    No 
further  record. 

Z^.    IX.  Priscilla*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  11  Aug.,  1768.      No 
further  record. 

Issue  by  second  wife  Mary: 

84.  X.  Amicail*,  b.  at  Groton,  Com.,  24  Dec,  1772.     No 

further  record  of  her  is  found.  An  Abigail  Fanning 
joined  the  Bapdst  Church  of  Groton,  4  Jan.,  1 798, 
according  to  the  records  of  that  church. 

85.  XI.  Jesse*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  8  March,  ^775;  ^»  ^S 

Aug.,  1797,  a.  23  years. 
^6.  XII.  Margaret*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  6  May,  1777 ;  m.  at 
Groton,  Conn.,  in  1 798,  Elijah  Bailey,  b.  25  Jan., 
1766.     He  was  a  farmer.    They  res.  at  North  Ston- 
ington.   Conn.,  two  miles  west  of  Swantown  Hill. 
About  1810  they  removed  to  Swantown  Hill,  where 
their  remaining  six  children  were  born. 
He  d.  25  Oct.,  1849. 
She  d.  27  Sept.,  1857. 

Both  bur.  in  North  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  a  mile 
from  the  home  place. 
Iss7/ey  ail dom  af  North  Sioningfofiy  Conn,: 

I.  AxxA  Bailey,  b.  7  Feb.,  1799;    d*  ^^  Sept., 
1805.    Scalded  to  death. 

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II.  Lyman  Railky,  Ik  17  April,  iKoo;  m.  in  1833, 
iSclsey  Irish,  dan.  of  Joiiii  Irish,  and  res.  at 
Preston  City,  where  lie  followed  fanning.  He 
d.  20  Nov.,  1879. 

III.  Polly  Bailey,  b.  28  Jan.,  1802 ;  d.  13  Oct., 


IV.  James  Bailey,  b.  28  May,  1S04;   m.  in  1825, 

Emily  Green,  and  res.  at  Preston,  where  he 
followed  fanning.     He  d.  31  Dec,  1870. 

V.  DiMMis  Bailey,  b.  8  April,  1806 ;  m.  in  1824, 

Benjamin  Franklin  Avery, a  farmer;  m.  2d, S. 

Collins.    She  d.  5  Oct.,  1849. 
VL  Carouke  Bailey,  b.  5  April,  1809 ;  m.  in  1831, 

Denison  Swan,  a  farmer.  She  d.  21  Dec,  1891. 
VII.  Emeline  Bailey,  b.  31  May,  t8ii  ;    unni.  and 

res.  at  North  Stonington. 
viii.  Lucy  Ann  Bailey,  b.  20  April,   1813 ;    m.  in 

1835,  John  Adams.    She  d.Wn  Aug.,  1894. 

IX.  Eunice  Bailey,  b.  23  April,  1815  ;  m.  in  1836, 

Jedediah  Brown.    She  d.  in  April,  1874. 

X.  EujAH  Bailey,  b.  31  Aug.,  1817  ;   m.  in  1847, 

Sarah  J.  Allen,  and  resided  at  North  Stoning- 
ton.    He  d.  recently. 

XI.  William  Williams  Bailey,  b.  23  Oct.,  1819; 
m.  in  1847,  Philena  Main.  He  d.  12  Feb., 

xiL  Infant  son,  b.  5  Oct.,  1821 ;  d.  next  day. 

87.  xiii.  Fanny*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  16  Jan.,  1780;    m.  at 

Michael  Daniels,  and  res.  at  Mansfield, 
Conn.    She  d.  18  Dec,  1858. 

88.  XIV.  Nathan*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  8  April,  1782.  No  fur- 

ther record  of  him  is  found.  Had  half  bro.  Nathan 
(No.  80)  who  d.  at  Valley  Forge.  He  is  not  men- 
tioned in  the  Albertson  Bible,  and  may  have  d.  in 

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S9.  XV.  AxxA*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  14  Nov.,  1785 ;  (called 
"Nancy  Clark")  ;  m.  at  Groton,  23  .'\pril,  1804,  Wil- 
Ham  Albertson  of  Norwich.  He  was  b.  at  Providence, 
R.  I.,  19  Jan.,  1777;  was  a  widower,  having  pre- 
viously m.  Mary  Godfrey  in  June,  1800.  Anna  Al- 
bertson joined  the  Baptist  Church  at  Groton,  April 
4,  1S12. 

He  d.  at  Norwnch,  22  May,  1S26. 
She  d.  at  Norwich,  16  June,  1S79,  a,  93   years, 
and  is  bur.  in  the  old  Norvvich  Cemetery. 
Issue  : 
I.  William  Sweeten  ALnERTSON,    b.  at  Groton, 
15  July,  1S05  ;  m.  1st,  at  Norwich  in  1S2S, 
Patience  Small.     She  d.  and  he  m.  2d,  in 
1S40,  at  Brewster,  Mass.,  Lydia  Lowman. 
n.  Eliza  Grace  Alberi'SOn,  b.  at  Norwich,    10 
Feb.,  1807  ;  m.  there  Mark  F.  Edwards.  She 
d.  at  Nonvich,  25  March,  1840. 

III.  Theodore  Foster  Albertson,  b.  at  Norwich, 

28  Oct.,  180S  ;  m.  at  Norwich,  4  July,  1S30, 
Lucretia  Dailey. 

IV.  Howard  Broxs'x  Alberi-son,  b.  at  Norwich,  4 

Nov.,  1810,  and  d.  15  Dec,  1822. 
v.  Stephen  Decatur  Albertson,  b.  at  Nor>nch, 

4  Dec,  181 2;  m.  at  New  York,  26  April, 

1836,  Frances  Rossiter. 
VI.  Naxcv  Fanning  Albertson,  b.  at  Nonvich,  22 

Oct.,  1815,  and  d.  27  March,  183a. 

VII.  Erastus  B.  Fanning  Albertson,  b.  at  Nor- 

wich, 9  Jan.,  1S17 ;  d.  15  Sept.,  1818. 

VIII.  Mary  Ann  Albertson,  b.  at  Norwich,  26  Jan., 

1819;  m.  at  Norwich,  i  Sept.,  1841,  Benja- 
min F.  Mead,  and  had  Isadora  S.,  Tlieodore 

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F.,  S.  Howard,  Mary  E.,  George  E.  and  Sarali 

Louisa  Mead. 

Mary  Ann  d.  at  Norwich,  26  July,  zS86. 

IX.  Charles  Henry  Aldertson,  b.  at  Norwich,  30 

March,  1831 ;  m.  at  New  York,  25  March, 
1840,  Sarah  Wildey.  He  d.  at  Norwich,  19 
Feb.,  1858. 

X.  Joseph  Rider  Aldertson,  b.  at  Norwich,  1 1 

May,  1823 ;  m.  at  Providence,  R.  I.,  27  Nov., 
1848,   Maria  Van  Rensselaer.  They  are  now 
[1902]  hVing  in  Maywood,  Cook  Co.,  III. 
XL  Edward  Huntincion  Aldertson,  b.  at  Nor- 
wich, 22  June,  1825  ;  d.  18  June,  1S28. 

90.  xvr.  Edna*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  16  June,  1788.  There  is 

no  further  record  of  her  at  Groton.  She  may  have 
d.  in  infancy. 

91.  xviL  Erastus  B *,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  28  March, 

1 791 ;  he  never  m.  He  res.  at  Groton  and  at  Nor- 
wich. Served  in  the  War  of  1812,  He  enlisted  as 
private  and  served  under  Roswell  Morgan  as  com- 
mander from  I  June  to  17  June,  1813,  and  under 
Charles  Thomas  from  9  Aug.  to  23  Aug.,  1814.  He 
then  enlisted  at  Norwich  in  the  regular  army,  4  Feb., 
1815,  under  Maj.  Benjamin  Watson,  in  the  25th 
Conn.  Infantry,  and  was  discharged  24  March,  18 15. 
He  d.  at  Groton,  29  May,*  18x5,  a.  24  years, 
and  is  bur.  in  the  City  Cemetery,  Norwich. 

92.  xvin.  Henrieita*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  30  Jan.,  1795  ;  m. 

at  Stonington,  Conn.,  i8  April,  1815,  James  Crans- 
ton, b.  at  Stonington,  19  Nov.,  1792.  He  was  a 
farmer  and  res.  at  Stonington  and  Norwich. 

She  d.  at  Norwich,  29  Jan.,  1836. 

He  d.  at  New  I^ndon,  31  Jan.,  i886,  a.  94. 

♦  Fri>:n  Albcrtson  P.ihlc,     ITeadstone  rend*  29  Afnrrh,  1815. 

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Issue  : 

I.  Sarah  Ann  CKANb-raN,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn., 

4  Dec,  1815  ;   m,  at  Norwich,  H.  Ncbon 


Sarah  d.  in  New  London,  29  April,  1891. 

II.  AniJY  Henrietfa  Cranston,  b.  at  Stonington, 

Conn.,  23  Jan.,  iSry  ;  ni.  at  Norwich,  Jona- 

tlian  S.  Hamilton. 

Abby  d.  in  lirooklyn,  N.  Y.,  24  Sept.,  1896. 
III.  Nancy  Maria  Cranston,    b.  at  Stonington, 

Conn.,  17  Nov.,  1819;    d.  at  Norwich,  22 

April,  1 84 1, 
rv.  Mary  Hannah  Cranston,  b.  at  Stonington, 

Conn.,  12  Oct.,  1821 ;  in. James  H.Latham 

of  Groton. 

She  d.  at  Norwich,  19  Nov.,  1S45. 

V.  Margaret  Oriluv  Cr/VNSton,  b.  at  Norwich, 

Conn.,  23  June,  1823;  m.  Henry  C.  Ewen 
of  Norwich. 

VI.  Cynthia  Lathrop  Cranston,  b.  at  Norwich, 

Conn.,  14  Dec,  1825 ;  unm.  and  at  present 
res.  in  New  London. 

vii.  William  Henry  Ckans-ixjn,  b.  at  Nonvich, 
Conn.,  21  Feb.,  1829;  m.  Eunice  Hemp- 
stead of  Stonington.  He  d.  at  New  London, 
Conn.,  in  1901  or  2. 

viir.  Joseph  Jackson  Cranston,  b.  at  Norwich, 
Conn.,  13  Aug.,  1832.  He  d.  there  22  July, 

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37.  JAMES*  FANNING,  b.  1719,         (Jamef,  Tlwmin\ 
m.  rst,  in  town  ofSouthold,  l^  I.,  in  1740, 

Deborah  Warner, 
dau.  of  ♦• 

and  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  Sufiblk  Co.,  L.  I.,  in  1723. 
She  d.  at  Flanders,  town  of  Soutliampton,  SuiToIk  Co., 
L.  I.,  2  June,  X77S,  a.  55  years  (g.  s.),  and  was  bur. 

He  m.  2d,  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  i  June,  1780, 

Pernal  Moore, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

She  d.  at  Flanders,  L.  I., 

He  m.  3d,  at  Flanders,  L,  I.^ 

y  and  was  bur. 
-  Hildreth, 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

She  d.  at  Flanders,  L.  I., 

,  and  was  bur. 

James  Fanning,  Junior,  eldest  son  of  Capt.  James  and 
Hannah  (Smith)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Smithtown,  Suf- 
folk Co.,  L.  I.,  22  March,  17x9.  During  his  minority  his 
father  removed  to  and  settled  in  the  town  of  Southold, 
L.  I.,  in  that  western  portion  which  was  in  1792  set  off 
to  form  the  new  town  of  Riverhead,  where  he  res.  a  por- 
tion of  his  lifetime.  He  is  referred  to  in  the  XVatson  i^rs. 
as  a  "wealthy  farmer  of  Long  Island."  His  name  ap- 
pears on  the  Southold  records  up  to  1764,  and  on  the 
Southampton  records  from  1763  to  1S05,  the  time  of  his 
death.   In  1757  his  name  is  found  on  the  Suffolk  County 

*  Possibly  Deborah  was  daughter  of  Daniel  Warner.  Her  grandfather  was 
Nathaniel  Warner,  who,  it  is  said,  Iniiltthe  Presbyterian  Church  at  Mattituclc, 
L.  U  about  1700, 

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records  in  a  deed  to  William  Downs  of  72  acres  of  land 
"lying  and  being  in  the  township  of  Southold  in  that  west- 
ward part  of  the  Town  commonly  called  or  known  by 
the  name  of  Acquabaiige,  Second  Division,  and  on  upland 
called  the  River  head."* 

On  the  14th  of  Sept.,  1764,  he  sold  his  farm  of  98  acres 
at  Aquebogue,  with  dwelling-house,  barn  and  cellar-house 
ihcreon,  for  ^600,  to  John  Case  of  Southold.  The  land 
was  bounded  on  the  west  by  Joseph  Hinchman,  north  by 
land  of  Capt.  John  Cleaves,  deceased,  east  by  a  two-pole 
lane,  and  south  partly  by  highway  and  partly  by  Fanning's 
own  land.  This  was  probably  James  Fanning's  home 
farm  in  Souihold,  where  he  resided  until  he  removed  to 
Southampton  town. 

In  1763  he  first  appears  as  an  inhabitant  of  the  town 
of  Southampton,  Suffolk  Co.,  L.  I.f  On  the  i6th  of  May, 
that  year,  he  was  one  of  the  proprietors  of  that  town  who 
drew  lots  in  the  "Aucaubogue  Division  in  Topping's 
Purchase,"  so  called.  He  appears  by  the  records  of  Suf- 
folk Co.  to  have  been  living  in  1 765  at  Long  Neck,  town 
of  Southampton.  The  30th  of  Oct.  of  that  year  he  makes 
reference  in  a  deed  to  "  my  now  dwelling  house  and  all 
my  lands  lying  in  Long  Neck  where  I  now  live,"  etc.J 

In  1784  he  disposed  of  Lot  No.  14  in  Long  Neck, 
containing  10  acres  with  "my  house,  barn  and  other 
buildings,'*  to  John  Howell  of  Canoe  Place.§ 

The  locality  where  James  Fanning  lived  afterwards  be- 
came the  village  of  Flanders,  which  is  a  settlement  in  the 

•This  locality  known  as  the  "head  of  the  River"  or  the  "River  head" 
.T.sny  years  before  it  was  legally  set  off  from  Southold  as  a  new  town  in  1792. 
Th;:  ol !  Indian  name  was  Occobog,  meaning  ''the  place  at  the  head  of  the 
Uav  Df  :hc  Cove  place." 

*  ViO.e  Printed  Recortls  of  the  Town  of  Southampton,  L.  L,  Vol.  HI.,  pp. 

;  Viile  Suffolk  County  Deeds,  Hook  C,  p.  15.  §ll)id.,  p.  82. 

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ds  IS  that  0 

northwest  section  of  the  town  near  Riverhead.  The  His- 
tory of  Southampton  states  that  tlie  first  house  was  erected 
at  Flanders  about  1770  by  Josiah  Goodale,  and  that  the 
families  of  Squires  and  Fanning  came  soon  after. 

Among  the  abstracts  of  ear-marks  of  cattle  on  the  town 
records  is  that 
of  James  Fan- 

penny  over    "  Agc8i(iSoo) 

right    [ear], 
slope  under  same,  hole  in  left,  nick  under  same." 

He  owned  mill  property  on  the  Peconic  River.  He  was 
known  as  James  Fanning,  2d.  He  resided  the  last  years 
of  his  life  with  Jiis  son  James.  He  died  intestate,  16 
Sept.,  1805,  in  his  87th  year,  and  was  buried  on  his  farm 
at  Flanders,  L.  I. ;  headstone  recently  erected.  His 
three  wives  were  buried  at  same  place,  the  first  only 
having  a  hewidstone. 

-f  93.    I.  James',  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I.,  i  Dec,  1742. 

94.  II.  Nathaniel^  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I.,  in  1747  ;   d. 

31  Jan.,  1749,  a.  2  years  (Salmon  Record). 

95.  III.  Catharine^,  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I.,  in  1749-50; 

m.  14  Nov.,  1772,  Gershom  Aldrich,  and  settled  in 

Southold,  where  she  d.  13  Feb.,  1802,  in  her  53d  year. 


I.  James  Aldrich,  b.  22  May,  1774 ;  m.  ist,  2  Nov., 

1800,  Helen  Hudson;  m.  2d,  in  1819,  Fanny 

Veltraan ;  m.  3d,  in  183 1,  Mary  S.  Borden. 

II.  Gershom  Aldrich,  b.. 

III.  Hannah  Aldrich,  b. 

96.  IV.  Mary*,  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I.,  .  Perhaps 

the  Mary  Fanning  who  m.  19  April,  1770,  Samuel  Vail. 

97.  V.  Hannah*,  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I., 

+98.  VI.  JohnS  b.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I.,  19  May,  1757. 

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138  History  of  t/ie  Fanning  Family 

38.  THOMAS^  FANNING,  h.  1722.    (////w",  TJiomus^, 

m.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I.,  14  Jan.,  1747-8, 

Lydia  Horton, 

dau.  of  David  and (  )  Horton, 

and  b.  at  Southold,  L.  L,  in  July,  1729. 

Thomas  Fanning,  second  son  of  Capt.  James  and  Han- 
nah (Smith)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Smithtown,  Suffolk 
County,  L.  I.,  14  or  1 6  Nov.,  1722.*  The  greater  part  of  his 
life  seems  to  have  been  spent  in  the  town  of  Southold.  He 
inherited  from  his  mother,  Hannah  (Smith)  Fanning,  at 
her  death  in  1750,  a  farm  of  X30  acres,  with  dwelling- 
house  and  buildings  thereon,  at  what  is  now  Riverhead, 
L.  L,  then  called  Occohog,  ami  was  cn^braccd  in  the 
second  division  of  Occobog  lands.f  'I'Ins  farm  was 
bounded  north  and  east  by  the  lands  of  Abigail  Wickliam, 
south  by  the  Peconic  River  "  so  far  as  the  saw-mill ",  and 
west  by  land  of  Christopher  Young.  Thomas  Fanning 
sold  the  farm  in  April,  1753$  to  John  Griffing,  "except 
and  always  reser\'ed  unto  the  said  Thomas  Fanning, 
his  heirs  and  assigns  forever,  one-half  acre  of  land  at 
and  about  the  place  where  his  mother  lies  buried,  with 
free  passage  in  and  to  the  same  and  from  it."  This 
land  was  evidently  part  of  his  mother's  homestead  farm. 
Thomas  Fanning  was  reared  on  this  farm,  and  no  doubt 
resided  there  with  his  parents  until  his  mother's  death  in 
1750,  and  after  that  until  1753,  when  he  sold  it  to  John 
Griffing,  as  heretofore  stated. 

♦The  Clark  Bible  (vide  note  on  p.  142)  reads  "died  29  Nov.,  1782,  a.  60 
yrs.,  15  days."  On  the  headstone  at  Riverhead  the  inscription  is  not  very 
leg!!)le,  and  looks  more  like  "60  yrs,,  13  days."  If  the  Bible  record  is  cor- 
rect the  date  of  his  birth  would  be  14  Nov.,  i  J22. 

t  Spelled  variously  Aucobog,  Aucobaugc,  Aucobank,  etc.,  etc. 

♦  .SulTolk  County  Deeds,  Vol.  B.,  p.  320. 

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III  1755  lu!  \v:is  of  Shcllcr  lsl;tn<l.  How  Ion;;  he  re- 
siilcil  there  is  not  apparciU.  In  1764  and  1765  he  pur- 
chased all  the  lands  of  his  brother,  James  Fanning,  Jr., 
in  the  town  of  Southampton,  hicluding  Fifteen  Mile 
Island,  land  in  Long  Neck,  Quogue,  and  elsewhere. 
Whether  he  took  up  his  residence  in  Southampton  at 
that  time  is  not  clear,  although  in  1778  he  is  referred  to 
in  the  records  as  "of  Southampton."*  It  is  proved  by 
the  I^'banon,  Conn.,  Records  of  Deeds  that  Thomas 
Fanning  was  of  the  town  of  Brookhaven,  L.  I.,  in  the  years 
i7^5>  n73  and  1775.  On  the  sth  of  Aug.,  1765,  he 
purchased  of  Aaron  Fish,  of  Lebanon,  for  ^^700,  a  farm 
of  133  acres  in  that  town,  which,  as  the  record  states, 
was  llie  farm  that  belonged  to  Capt.  William  Throop. 
'J*his  Lebanon  farm  was  forfeited  to  the  Government  on 
account  of  Thomas  Fanning's  connection  with  the  Ia)y- 
alists*  side  in  the  Revolution.  In  the  Conneciicui  Gazette 
of  Sept.  2S,  1 7S1,  appeared  the  following  advertisement : 

"To  be  sold  at  Public  Vendue  at  the  Dwelling  House 
of  Mr.  Nathaniel  Williams,  in  Lebanon,  on  the  2d  day 
of  Oct.  next.  Pursuant  to  an  act  of  the  General  Assembly 
in  May  last,  and  an  order  of  the  Governor  and  Council 
of  Safety  on  the  6th  of  July  inst :  An  excellent  Farm  of 
land,  consisting  of  a  suitable  proportion  of  mowing,  pas- 
turing, plowing,  orchard  and  woodland,  well  watered  and 
accommodated  with  a  good  and  convenient  dwelling 
house  and  barn  and  is  under  good  improvements.  The 
whole  consists  of  130  acres,  and  is  situated  upon  the  road 
leading  from  Lebanon  and  Windham,  at  the  distance  of 
about  one  mile  from  the  Meeting  House,  in  the  ist  So- 
ciety in  said  Lebanon.  Tlie  above  is  the  forfeited  estate 
of  Thomas  Fanning  of  L.  I.,  who  hath  joined  the  enemy 
and  is  screening  himself  under  their  Protection." 

*  Vide  Revolutionary  Incidents  orSufTolk  and  Kings  Counties,  hy  Henry 
Ondcrdonk,  Jr.,  New  York,  1849.  P-  75- 

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140  Hislory  of  the  Fanning  Family 

At  the  outbreak  of  hostilities  between  the  American 
Colonies  and  England,  Thomas  Fanning  acted  in  sympathy 
with  the  royalists,  and  with  his  brother  Edmund  openly 
avowed  his  loyalty  to  the  mother  country,  and  was  ac- 
tively engaged  in  furthering  the  interests  of  his  Brittanic 
Majesty.  In  Nov.,  1776,  'I'homas  Fanning  was  one 
of  a  committee  deputed  to  present  an  address  to  Gov. 
I'ryon  in  the  name  of  the  inhabitants  of  Suffolk  County, 
congratulating  llim  on  his  arrival  in  his  capital,  and 
swearing  allegiance  to  him  and  the  British  Govern- 
menl.  On  the  organization  of  the  King's  American 
Regiment  of  Foot  by  Col.  Edmund  Fanning,  his  brother, 
he  was  appointed  quartermaster  with  the  rank  of  lieuten- 
ant, which  was  aftL^rwards  raised  to  a  captaincy.  In  June, 
177S,  a  party  of  Whigs  from  Connecticut  seized  him  and 
carried  him  off.  He  was.takcn  to  New  London,  and  the 
following  onlcr  was  issued  by  the  Governor  and  Council 
of  Safety  at  Lebanon,  24  June,  177S  : 

*•  Resolved  that  an  order  be  made  out  to  Prosper  Wet- 
more,  Esq.,  Sheriff  of  the  County  of  New  London  to  take 
and  safely  convey  Thomas  Fanning  lately  taken  from  L.  I., 
a  Tory,  and  him  deliver  to  Gov'.  Clinton  in  the  state  of  N. 
Y.,  or  other  committee  or  authority  proper  to  receive  him, 
and  to  apply  there  for  payment  of  his  fees  and  ex- 

Thomas  Fanning  was  soon  afterwards  exchanged  for 
Joseph  Chew,  Esq. 

Griffin's  Journal  states  that  Thomas  Fanning  resided 
at  Sterling,  L.  I.  (which  name  was  changed  to  Green  Hill 
after  1817,  and  to  Greenport  in  1830),  from  1740  to 
1770.     We  quote  from  the  Journal,  as  follows : 

"  In  the  house  of  the  late  Orange  Webb,  Sr.,  the  cele- 
brated George  Whitcfield,  on  a  pane  of  glass,  with  a  dia- 
mond, wrote  these  memorable  words,  viz. :  'One  thing  is 

'  Viilc  Printed  Records  of  the  State  of  Connecticut,  Vol.  ir.,  p.  95. 

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needful.'  This  pane  of  glass  is  yet  (1856)  entire,  al- 
though written  on  in  1 763,  having  withstood  unscathed 
the  storms  of  more  than  four  score  years.  The  house, 
with  its  large  establishment,  was  Thomas  Fanning's,  a 
country  merchant,  and  at  the  time  of  much  note  as  a  man 
of  the  world." 

Capt.  Orange  Webb  kept  a  tavern  in  this  house  for 
nearly  forty  years  from  1770  to  1805.  In  1820  the  house 
was  auctioned  off  as  the  property  of  David  \Yebb  de- 

During  Thomas  Fanning's  residence  in  the  town  of 
Brookhaven  (which  appears  to  have  been  for  a  few  years 
after  1770),  it  is  said  by  his  descendants  that  he  owned 
a  farm  at  Bellport  in  that  town,  at  a  place  called  Stor's 
Neck.  It  is  now  the  property  of  the  heirs  of  the  late 
James  Otis.f 

He  died  at  Sterling,  now  Grccnport,  L.  I.,  29  Nov., 
1782,  aged  60  years,  15  days.J  He  was  buried  beside  his 
parents  in  the  Fanning  Family  Burying  Ground  at  River- 
head,  L.  I.,  on  the  farm  he  sold  to  John  Griffing  in  1 753. 
His  remains  and  headstone  were  removed  to  the  River- 
head  Cemetery,  and  his  body  reintcrred  in  the  family  lot 
there  in  1861.  His  will  dated  28  Nov.,  1782,  proved  xx 
Jan.,  X783,  on  file  in  the  Surrogate's  office,  N.  Y.,  Liber 
35,  (abstract  at  Riverhead,  Liber  35,  p.  162),  mentions 
wife  Lydia,  son  David,  daughters  Mary  Hosmer,  Solomy 
Fanning  (under  age) ,  and  grandson  William  Smith.  David 
Fanning,  Hugh  Smith  and  Isaac  Overturn  were  made 
executors.  Witnesses  to  the  will  were  Mary  Babcock, 
James  Fanning  and  Hannah  Fanning. 

♦  Vide  Griffin'i  Journal,  by  Augustus  Griffin, Orient,  L.  I.,  1857,  pp.  52, 1 1 1. 

fTown,  County  and  Court  records  of  L.  I.  and  Conn,  prove  him  to  have 
been  of  the  town  of  Southold  in  1751,  1753,  1755.  I7^»  "764»  »7^7  a"«l 
1768,  and  of  the  town  of  lirookhaven  in  1765,  1773  and  1775. 

;  Vide  note  on  p.  13S. 

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His  widow  ilicti  loScpl.,  iS(»j,:i^nl  74  years,  1  nioiUli 
and  19  days. 

Thomas  Fanning  left  a  name  for  honesty,  integrity  and 
fair  dealing,  and  his  death  was  regretted  as  much  by  his 
political  opponents  as  by  his  own  party. 
Issue : 
!-  99.    I.  Daviu^  b.  in  Soiithoid,  L.  I.,  19  Sept.,  i7S2.» 
100.  II.  Marv^  b.  in  Soiitliold,  L.  I.,  ;  m.  at 

John  Hosmer,  and  had  s.  Thomas  Hos- 
mer,  b.  9  Dec,  1772  (N.  i:.  His.  and  Con.  Register, 
Vol.  IX.,  p.  173),  and  perhaps  other  ch. 
loi.  Ill,  SoLOMY^  b.  in  SouihoKl,  L.  I. 

102.  IV.  JaijI/V\  b.  inSoiithuld,  L.  I.,  about  1761  ;  m.atSouth- 
ohl,  h.  I.,  16  Oct.,  I  776,  John  Smith  of  Mastic,  L.  I., 
eklcst  s.  of  Judge  William  and  Mary  (Smith)  Smith, 
b.  12  Feb.,  1756,  and  is  commonly  called  General 
Smith.  Judge  William  Smith  was  s.  of  Daniel  Smith, 
of  Smithtown,  and  resided  upon  the  paternal  estate 
at  Mastic,  was  County  Judge  of  Court  of  Common 
Pleas,  a  member  of  the  First  Provincial  Congress,  and 
held  other  important  ofnces.  He  m.  for  2d  wife  a 
sister  of  Gen.  Nathaniel  Woodhull,  and  d.  17  March, 

General  Smith  was  a  man  of  prominence  in  politi- 
cal affairs,  and  was  in  public  life  for  more  than  thirty 
years.  He  was  a  member  of  the  New  York  Legisla- 
ture from  1784  to  1799,  and  in  1788  of  the  Conven- 
tion which  adopted  the  Constitution  of  the  United 

•  Tliis  ilatc  is  obl.iincil  from  an  old  Fanning  Hiblc  printed  in  1599,  now  in 
;>..->cssion  of  Miss  Ella  C.  Clark,  Grecnport,  L.  I.  The  record  therein  reads: 
••  March  16,  A.  i>.  1S12.  Then  departed  this  life  Father  David  Fanning  a^ed 
50  years — monihs  five — 27  dnys."  This  would  make  the  date  of  his  birth  19 
Sep:.,  1752.  Some  descendants,  however,  claim  that  he  was  born  20  May, 
1752.  Headstone  at  Sterling  Cemetery  read.?:  "died  March  12,  1812,  a. 60/* 

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Slates.  In  1799  he  was  elected  a  Representative  in 
Congress,  and  in  1804  was  cliosen  a  United  States 
Senator  to  succeed  DeWitt  Clinton.  General  Smith 
was  a  supporter  of  the  administration  policy  in  re- 
gard to  the  difficulties  with  Great  Britain  which 
culminated  in  the  War  of  1S12.  His  colleague  during 
most  of  the  time  that  he  was  in  the  upper  branch  of 
Congress  was  the  celebrated  J)r.  Samuel  Latham 
Mitchill.  On  General  Smith's  retirement  from  the 
Senate  in  18  cj  he  was  appointed  by  President  Madi- 
son United  States  Marshal  for  the  District  of  New 
York,  and  held  that  office  at  the  time  of  his  death. 

He  m.  for  2d  w.,  in  1785,  Elizabeth,  dau.  of  Zeph- 
aniah  l*Iatt,  of  Pouglikeepsie,  N.  Y. ;  m.  3d,  in  Oct., 
1792,  Kli/aheth  WoodhuH  Nicoll,  widow  of  Henry 
Nicoll,  and  only  child  of  Gen.  Nathaniel  Woodhull 
of  Revolutionary  fame. 

Lydia  d.  at  St.  George's  Manor,  L.  I.,  6  June,  1777. 
He  d.  at  St.  George's  Manor,  L.  I.,  25  June,  1816. 
I.  William  S-Mn-H,  b.  7  April,  1777;  m.  Hannah 
Carman,  dau.  of  Samuel  Carman,  of  Fire 
Place,  L.  I.    He  was  owner  of  and  resided 
on  the  estate  of  his  ancestors  at  Mastic  or 
Sabonnack  and  Smith  Point,  L.  I. 
Issue  : 
I.  LYDL^  SMrm,  m.   David  G.  Floyd,  of 

11.  Egbert  T.  SMrrH,  of  St  George's  Manor. 

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144  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

39.  PHINEAS*FANNING,  b.  1724,   (James\  Tliomas^ 
m.  ist,  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I.,  12  Jan.,  1748-9, 

Mehitabel  Wells, 
dau.  of  Solomon  and  Esther  (Wells)  Wells, 
and  b.  at  Northvillc,  L.  I.,  7  Oct,  1729. 

She  d.  at  Franklinville,  L.  I.,  4  June,  1778,  a.  48  years, 
7  months,  28  days,  and  is  bur.  at  Jamesport. 
He  m.  2d,  at  14  Feb.,  1779 

Mrs.  Mary  Hubbard, 
dau.  of 

and  widow  of  John  Hubbard,  a  merchant  of  Mattituck. 
She  was  b.  at  Southold  town,  L.  I. 
At  the  time  of  her  marriage  to  Col.  Phincas  Fanning 
she  had  three  ch. :  John,  Tl\omas  and  Mary  Hubbard. 
Mary  afterwards  m.  an  Ely. 

Col.  Phincas  Fanning,  fourth  son  of  Capt.  James  and 
Hannah  (Smith)  Planning,  was  born  at  Smithtown,  Suf- 
folk Co.,  L.  I.,  2  Aug.,  1724.  His  early  life  was  passed 
on  his  father's  farm  at  Riverhead.  On  the  12th  of  Jan., 
1748-9,  he  married  Mehitabel  Wells,  daughter  of  Solo- 
mon and  Esther  (Wells)  Wells.  She  died  at  Franklin- 
ville, L.  I.,  in  1778,  and  he  married  for  his  second  wife, 
Mrs.  Mary  Hubbard,  widow  of  John  Hubbard,  a  mer- 
chant of  Mattituck. 

Phineas  Fanning  early  settled  in  that  part  of  the  town 
of  Southold  which  grew  into  the  village  of  Franklinville, 
and  is  now  called  Laurel,  where  he  built  his  homestead 
in  1762,  and  where  he  resided  the  rest  of  his  life. 

Phineas  Fanning  served  in  the  French  and  Indian  War 
in  1746-7.  His  name  appears  on  the  muster-roll  of  a 
company  of  one  hundred  men  raised  by  Capt.  James 
Fanning,  in  July,  1746,  to  serve  in  an  expedition  against 
Canada.     He  appears  as  lieutenant  in  Capt.  James  Fan- 

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ning's  company  in  the  ist  Battalion  (foot)  mustered  in 
for  thirty-one  days'  service  from  25  Oct.,  1747- 

In  1763  we  find  a  record  of  his  appointment  as  a  Jus- 
tice of  the  Peace  for  his  native  county.  At  the  time  of 
the  breaking  out  of  hostih'ties  between  England  and  the 
American  Colonies  in  1775  ^^  ^^^  ^^  ^^  commission 
from  George  in.  as  colonel  in  the  militia.  On  the  xoth  of 
April,  at  a  public  meeting  held  in  the  County  Court 
House,  he  was  chosen  a  deputy  to  represent  Suffolk  Co. 
in  the  Provincial  Convention  called  to  elect  members  to 
the  First  Continental  Congress  to  sit  at  Philadelphia. 
The  Fanning  Family  at  that  time  was  large  and  influen- 
tial, and  with  the  Wickhams  (to  whom  they  were  rebted 
by  intermarriage),  controlled  many  of  the  positions  of 
trust  in  Suffolk  Co.,  civil  and  military.  Tliey  were  promi- 
nent leaders  in  their  party,  which  had  the  management 
of  the  legal  organizations,  and  the  appointment  and  order- 
ing of  elections.  Thomas  Wickliam,  whose  brother  John 
had  married  Hannah  Fanning,  sister  of  Col.  Phineas 
Fanning,  was  also  elected  a  deputy.  Both  were  opposed 
to  sending  a  representative  to  the  Continental  Congress, 
and  when  they  found  themselves  in  the  minority  they  re- 
tired from  the  Convention  which  had  assembled  in  New 

The  fact  that  Col.  Fanning  was  elected  to  the  New 
York  Convention  by  the  patriots  would  indicate  that  he 
was  thought  by  them  at  that  time  to  favor  tlie  cause  of  the 
Colonies,  though  his  action  in  leaving  the  Convention 
must  have  created  suspicion.  Col.  Fanning's  position  in 
regard  to  the  difliculties  was  probably  the  same  as  that 
of  many  of  his  friends  and  neighbors  in  his  station  in  the 
community.  That  he  deplored  the  injustice  and  oppres- 
sion of  the  British  Ministry  there  can  be  no  doubt ;  but 
having  lived  to  past  middle  life  a  loyal  subject,  and  having 
received  a  commission  from  the  crown,  he  was  reluctant 

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lo  <;isl  dH*  his  ;illof;i:iiiir.  Two  <if  liis  brollirrs,  one  son, 
and  many  of  his  inlhicntial  family  conneciions  maintaincil 
the  royal  side.  On  the  oihcr  hand  two  sons,  and  a  ma- 
jority of  his  neijs'lihors  ardently  supported  the  patriot 
cause.  There  were  strong  appeals  to  him  from  both 
elements  which  were  ecpially  dillicult  to  resist.  Tlicn,  too, 
there  was  a  period  of  ;;reat  uncertainty  in  the  first  part 
of  the  war  as  to  which  of  the  contending  forces  would 
prevail.  The  Continentals  were  in  the  ascendant  in  the 
region  in  wliich  he  lived  until  the  battle  of  I-ong  Island, 
which  event  seemed  to  a  conservative  mind  for  the  mo- 
ment to  be  decisive.  But  the  patriots  soon  recovered 
their  power  in  tlie  outlying  districts.  All  these  circum- 
stances sufficiently  account  for  Col.  Fanning's  apparent 
hesitancy  in  allying  himself  to  the  cause  of  the  Continen- 
tal forces. 

Col.  Phineas  Fanning  was  appointed  one  of  the  muster 
masters  of  the  troops  to  be  raised  in  Suffolk  County,  on 
the  Sth  of  July,  1775,*  and  on  the  7th  of  Aug.,  Congress 
ordered  Gen.  Wooster  to  send  four  companies  from  his 
camp  at  Harlem,  to  guard  the  stock  at  the  east  end  of 
Long  Island,  and  to  be  under  the  command  of  Col.  Fan- 

On  the  29th  of  .Aug.,  1776,  Col.  Fanning  was  desig- 
nated by  Col.  Josiah  Smith,  in  his  camp  at  Brooklyn,  to 
be  the  bearer  of  the  orders  to  him  from  the  Convention 
of  New  York. {  These  orders  related  to  the  evacuation 
of  Brooklyn  by  the  American  troops  there  in  consequence 
of  the  result  of  the  battle  of  Long  Island.  This  contest 
for  a  time  gave  the  British  the  ascendancy  on  the  Island. 

♦  ViJe  Revolutionary  Incidents  of  Suflfolk  and  Kings  Counties,  by  Henry 
OnilcrdonU,  Jr.,  New  York,  1S49,  p.  19.         t  Ibid.,  p.  20.         X  Ibid.,  p.  36. 

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A  proclaiiKition  was  iiiiiiicilintcly  isMicil  by  l^ri|;,-(K-ii. 
Erskitic,  in  llie  name  of  Gen.  Howe,  warning  tlie  inhabi- 
tants to  submit,  and  take  the  oath  of  allegiance  to  the 
Government ;  and  on  the  ist  of  Sept.  another  appeared 
signed  by  Maj.-Gen.  Oliver  Delancy  of  the  militia,  to  the 
same  purport.  The  compliance  seems  to  have  been  quite 
general.  Col.  Fanning  was  directed  by  Delancy  to  order 
the  King's  captains  to  call  their  companies  together  to 
take  the  oath,  and  Southold  met  by  his  order.*  The  cat- 
tle on  Montauk  were  driven  to  Gen.  Erskine's  camp,  and 
loyalists  began  to  enlist  under  Gen.  Howe's  banner.f 

Hut  the  patriots  soon  rallied,  and  in  Oct.  Col.  Fanning 
and  other  disaflected  influential  persons  were  apprehended 
by  the  New  York  authorities.  It  appears,  however,  that 
they  were  paroled  soon  aftcr,J  and  it  would  seem  tliat 
Col.  Fanning  took  no  further  active  part  in  the  contest, 
and  lived  quietly  at  his  home  until  peace  was  declared. 

Col.  Phineas  Fanin'ng's  farm  was  a  strip  of  land  extend- 
ing from  Peconic  Bay  to  Long  Island  Sound,  covering  a 
territory  about  four  miles  long  and  one-half  mile  wide. 
It  is  now  the  property  of  the  heirs  of  Simeon  B.  and  Ed- 
ward Fanning,  sons  of  Israel  Fanning. 

In  his  younger  days  he  was  master  of  a  ship,  and  on  his 
cruises  brought  home  much  furniture,  many  beautiful  sets 
of  china-ware,  large  punch-bowls  with  Chinese  figures, 
etc.,  from  Europe.  He  kept  open  house  and  entertained 
in  good  style  for  the  early  days,  and  when  he  died  he  is 
said  to  have  expired  in  the  arms  of  a  favorite  servant  who 
survived  him  many  years. 

Col.  Fanning  was  a  man  greatly  respected  in  the  com- 
munity, and  of  wide  influence  in  the  region  in  which  he 
lived.  He  was  a  member  of  the  Presbyterian  Church  at 
Southold,  which  church  was  one  of  tlie  oldest  on  Long 
Island,  and  was  established  in  Oct.,  1640. 

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Solomon  Wells,  father  of  Phineas  Fanning's  first  wife, 
Mchitable  Wells,  was  a  judge  of  Northvillc,  L,  I.,  a  man 
of  piety  and  wealth,  and  grandson  of  Rev.  William  Wells 
of  Norwich,  England. 

Phineas  Fanning  died  at  West  Hampton,  L.  I.,  2  June, 
X796,  in  his  72d  year,  and  was  buried  at  Jamesport 
(Lower  Aqnebogue),  L.  I.  His  will,  recorded  at  River- 
head,  dated  30  May,  1796,  proved  at  Brookhaven,  23 
Sept.,  following,  mentions  daughters  Esther  Hudson  and 
Mchitable  Jaggcr.  He  named  as  executors  Henry  Hud- 
son and  Enoch  Jaggcr.  In  his  will  he  made  provision  to 
free  his  negro  slave,  Comus,  after  that  year's  ser\'ice. 
Convjs  afterwards  adopted  the  name  Comus  Fanning, 
end  went  to  live  on  Shelter  Island,  where  he  died  in  1831, 
leaving  will  dated  2  June,  that  year,  mentioning  in  said 
will  his  wife  Di'lo  and  daughter  Julia. 

Pliincas  Fanning's  widow,  Mary  Hubbard  Fanning, 
died  iS  Sept.,  1S06,  in  her  71st  year,  and  is  buried  at 
Mattituck,  L.  I.  Her  will,  recorded  at  Riverhead,  dated 
22  July,  1S06,  proved  8  Oct.,  1S06,  mentions  son  John 
Hubbard,  to  whom  she  gave  all  her  right  and  title  to 
Horton*s  Neck,  so  called ;  son  Thomas  Hubbard,  to  whom 
she  gave  the  farm  he  then  lived  on,  and  which  she  pur- 
ciiased  of  the  administrator  of  Thomas  Wines;  son 
Thomas  Hubbani's  wife  Mar}*,  and  sons  Hector,  William 
and  Wines  ;  daughter  Mary  Ely  ;  and  three  granddaugh- 
ters, LyiliA  I  lublKird,  Harriet  Hubbard  and  Nancy  Rogers. 
Issue  by  first  unfc  : 
.  ::?3.    I.  PHIXE.VS*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  in  the  locality  that  was 

af:er\vard  the  village  of  Franklinville,  and   is  now 

LaureU  L.  L,  6  .\ug.,  \  750. 
10^.  ::,  E>nn.K\  K  ui  Aouchogue,  I^  I.,  [bap. 

30    .\ug,»   1752];    ni.    ist,   17  Dec.  1775,  William 

Pri-'un  of  Shelter  Island,  and  had  issue,  among  whom 

WAS  Wjiii.rn    lUown,  Jr.,  h.  about   1777,  and  who 

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became  a  cabinet-maker  and  res*  at  New  Bedford.* 
Esther  m.  ad,  Henry  Hudson  of  Soythold,  and  had 

Henry,  Joseph,  Jemima,  Esther  and  Mehitable, 
+  105.  in.  Nathaniel*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  22  March,  1755. 
+  106.  IV.  Barclay*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  about  1757. 

107.  V.  William*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  [bap. 

29  July,  1 764].     No  further  record. 

108.  VL  MEHrrABLE*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  4  June,  1770 ;  m. 

at  West  Hampton,  L.  I.,  29  March,  1788,  Enoch 
Jagger  of  West  Hampton,  a  farmer,  b.  23  Aug.,  1767. 
She  d.  13  Jan.,  1799,  a.  29  yrs. 
He  d.  5  July,  1856,  a.  88  yrs.,  10  mos.,  12  ds. 
Issue,  b.  at  West  Hampton,  Z.  /./ 
I.  Harriei- Jagger,  b.  3  Feb.,  1789;  m.  William 

Raynor  of  West  Hampton, 
n.  Hannah  Jagger,  b.  i  May,  1792  ;  m.John Coop- 
er of  Quogue,  L.  I.,  and  removed  to  Michigan. 

III.  Stephen  J  agger,  b.  25  Aug.,  1793  ;  ni.  Mary 

Marsh  of  Sugar  Grove,  Warren  Co.,  Penn. 

IV.  Elizabeth  Jagger,  b.  25  April,  1796;  m.  at 
West  Hampton,  L.I.,  about  1814,  Dr.  Thomas 
Osborn  of  Riverhead,  L.  I.,  and  had  issue : 
Mary  E.,  b.  29  June,  1816 ;  T.  Gilbert,  b.  15 
Oct.,  1820 ;  D.  Harrison,  b.  13  Aug.,  1S22 ; 
Helen  C.  H.,  b.  13  Jan.,  1831 ;  Delia  H.,  b. 
II  Sept.,  1836. 

V.  Enoch  Fanning  Jagger,  b.  4  Nov.,  179S;    m. 

Phebe  ConkJin  of  Cutchogue,  L.  I. 

*Thc  Mattituck  L.  L  Church  Records  read  as  follows:  "  William  Conkliu 
of  Shelter  Island  and  Esther  Fanning  of  Southold  *'  were  married  "Dec.  17, 
1775."  According  to  Mailman, — "Shelter  Island  and  its  Church," 
— there  was  no  William  Conklin  an  inhabiiaut  of  Shelter  Island  at  that  time, 
but  there  was  a  William  Brown  and  wife;  hence  the  probability  of  an  error 
in  entering  the  Church  Record  by  the  recording  minister. 

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40.  WILLIAM^  FANNING,  b.  1728,  (//////^i«,  Thomas', 

m.  in  Brunswick  Co.,  Va.,  7  March,  1765, 

Mrs.  Mary  Tazewell, 
dau.  of  Col.  Joseph  and  Sarah  (Simmons)  Gray  of  South- 
ampton Co.,  Va.,  and  widow  of  Littleton  Tazewell,  clerk 
of  Brunswick  Co.,  Va. 
She  was  b.  in  Southampton  Co.,  Va.,  10  Feb.,  1734. 

Rev.  William  Fanning,  fourth  son  of  Capt.  James  and 
Hannah  (Smith)  Fanning,  the  first  of  the  name  on  Long 
Island,  and  great-grandson  of  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior, 
the  American  ancestor,  was  bom  at  Smithtown,  L.  L,  26 
Oct.,  1728.  He  was  an  Episcopal  clergyman,  and  was 
ordained  in  I-ondon  on  the  loth  of  March,  1754,  by  the 
Bishop  of  Gloucester,  at  the  Palace  and  at  the  request  of 
the  Bishop  of  London.  He' located  almost  immediately 
in  Virginia,  and  was  at  once  put  in  charge  of  one  or  more 
of  the  churches  in  what  was  then  a  part  of  Brunswick 
County,  but  which  became  in  1781  Greensville  County. 
On  March  7th,  1765,  he  married  Mrs.  Mary  Tazewell, 
widow  of  Littleton  Tazewell,  and  daughter  of  Col.  Joseph 
Gray  of  Southampton  County,  Virginia,  who  was  a  man 
of  great  worth  and  high  standing.  The  Hon.  Henry 
Tazewell,  twice  President  of  the  Senate  of  the  United 
States,  was  the  son,  and  Gov.  Littleton  Walter  Tazewell 
was  the  grandson  of  this  lady. 

Rev.  William  Fanning's  name  appears  on  the  records 
of  Brunswick  County  as  early  as  1768,  and  frequently 
thereafter,  until  the  year  1 780.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Fanning 
had  an  only  child,  a  daughter  Mary,  who  married  her 
cousin,  John  Wickham. 

The  Rev.  William  Fanning  died  at  his  residence  in 
Greensville  County,  Virginia,  on  the  12th  of  May,  17S2. 

His  widow  died  in  Brunswick  County,  at  the  residence 
of  Col.  John  Flood  Edmunds,  in  x868.  They  were  buried 
in  Brunswick. 

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Ilis  will  (I:itcd  5  April  (:iikI  cudicil  ilitcci  10  Aiiril) 
17S2,  proved  25  July,  same  year,  v^  recorded  atnoiij;  the 
Greensville  County  Court  Records  at  liniporin,  Virginia, 
and  mentions  (herein  his  wife,  daughter,  nephew  John 
Wickham,  brothers  and  sisters,  and  half-sister.  Miss  Tollic 
Gray,  friend  William  Nevison,  Miss  Elizabeth  Scott,  Rev. 
Mr.  Lundic,  Minister  of  the  Parish,  and  his  faithful 
negroes.  He  appointed  as  his  executors  Rev.  Thomas 
Lundic,  Col.  John  Flood  Edmunds,  Mr.  Henry  Tazewell 
and  Mr.  John  Nevison. 

The  following  is  extracted  from  a  letter  written  in  1SS4 
by  a  great-grandson  of  Rev.  Mr.  Fanning,  and  published 
in  The  Southern  Churchman,  4  Dec,  lliat  year : 

"At  this  distance  of  time  it  would  be  impossible  to  ob- 
tain much  information  about  one,  who  I  have  no  doubt 
discharged  faithfully  tiie  duties  of  a  i|uiel  'country 
son,'  but  I  have  a  copy  of  his  will  which  was  proved  at 
Greensville  Co.  Court  July  25th,  1782,  and  of  which  the 
Rev.  Thomas  Lundie  was  one  of  the  executors,  the  other 
executor  who  qualified  being  Col.  John  Flood  Ed- 
munds, who  married  Miss  Lucy  Gray,  the  sister  of  Mrs. 
Fanning ;  and  from  that  will  I  infer  that  he  was  a  just 
man  and  a  good  friend  of  the  Church,  because  one  of  the 
first  items  directs  *  I  wish  and  desire  my  executors  to  cal- 
culate what  would  be  due  to  the  minister  of  this  Parish 
from  my  estate  according  to  the  former  custom  of  Parish 
levies  and  to  pay  it  as  soon  as  possible  to  the  Rev.  Mr. 
Lundie' ;  that  he  was  a  good  and  humane  man,  because 
he  gives  special  directions  for  looking  aAer  the  care  and 
comfort  of  his  slaves  and  manumits  some  of  them  by 
name  being,  I  presume,  just  those  whom  he  thought  to 
to  be  in  a  condition  to  be  benefitted  by  their  freedom ; 
and  lastly,  that  he  was  thoroughly  a  Christian  for  none 
other  could  have  conceived  the  following  beautiful  senti- 
ments extracted  from  his  will : — *  How  ardently  do  I  wish 
that  my  dear  little  daughter  may  have  early  engrafted  on 
her  mind  the  meek  and  lowly  graces  of  the  Christian  and 
that  she  may  be  taught  to  live  under  a  lively  conviction 

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that  she  can  have  no  rational  hopes  of  either  present  or 
future  felicity,  but  from  a  conscientious  discharge  of  her 
duty  and  the  well  grounded  hopes  of  the  divine  appro- 
bation.' "  • 

109.  I.  Mary  SMrrn',  b.  in  Brunswick,  25  Sept.,  1775  ;  m.  in 
Brunswick,  24  Dec,  1 791,  John  Wickham,s.  of  John 
and  Hannah  (Fanning)  Wickham  (No.  47,  q.  v.  on 
p.  105),  her  first  cousin  and  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.  I., 
6  June,  1763.  He  was  an  eminent  lawyer  and  advo- 
cate. They  resided  at  Richmond,  Va.,  where  she  d. 
1  Feb.,  1 799,  leaving  issue  two  sons  who  m.  sisters. 
He  m.  2d,  Elizabeth  Selden  McCIurg,  and  d.  at  Rich- 
mond, 22  Jan.,  1839. 

Issue  by  first  wife: 
I.  William  Fannlsg  Wicj.ham,  b,  in  Richmond,  Va., 
23  Nov.,  1 793 ;  m.  at  Shirley,  Va.,  by  the  Right- 
Rev.  Richard  Channing  Moore,  Bishop  of  Va., 
9  Dec,  1 81 9,  Anne  Carter,  dau.  of  Robert  Car- 
ter of  Shirley  on  the  James  River,  and  his  wife 
Mary,  dau.  of  Gen.  Thomas  Nelson,  a  signer  of 
the  Declaration  of  Independence.  Anne  Carter 
was  b.  27  June,  1797,  and  d.  25  Feb.,  1S68. 

William  Fanning  Wickham  d.  at  his  residence 
at  Hickory  Hill,  Hanover  Co.,  Va,,  31  July, 
1880,  having  issue : 

I.  WiLLLAMS  Carter  Wickham,  b.  in  Richmond, 
21  Sept.,  1820;  m.  IT  Jan.,  1848,  Lucy 
Pcnn  Taylor,  granddaughter  of  Col.  John 
Taylor  of  Caroline,  Va.,  and  his  wife,  Lucy 
Penn,  dau.  of  John  Penn,  a  signer  of  the 
Declaration  of  Independence.   They  resided 

'  Vide  copy  of  Will  in  Appendix  K, 

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at  Hickory  Hill,  in  Hanover  Co.,  Va.  He  d. 
in  Richmond,  Va.,  23  July,  i Z'^Z^  having  issue 
Henry  Taylor,  Anne  Carter,  Julia  Leiper, 
and  Col.  William  Fanning  Wickham. 

II.  John  Wickham,  b.  7  Jan.,  1822 ;   d.  6  Jan., 

1847,  without  issue. 
II.  Edmund  Fanning  Wickham,  b.  at  Richmond,  Va., 
30  July,  1796  ;  m.  at  Shirley,  Va.,  Lucy  Carter, 
dau.  of  Robert  Carter  of  Shirley,  a  sister  of 
his  brother's  wife.  She  was  b.  3  Feb.,  1 799,  and 
d,  in  Jan.,  1835.     He  d.  25  Sept.,  1843,  They 
are  bur.  at  Rocky  Mills,  Hanover  Co.,  Va. 
I.  Robert  Carter  Wickham,  b.  21  Nov.,  1823, 
a  surgeon  in  the  U,  S.  Army,  d.  at  Vera 
Cruz,  13  May,  1847. 
n.  Judge  John  Wickium  of  Missouri,  b.  28  .April, 
1825 ;  d.  13  Oct.,  1892. 

III.  W.  Leigh  Wickham  of  St.  Louis,  b.  22  May, 

1828 ;  d.  3  Oct.,  1889,  without  issue. 

IV.  W1LLIA.M  Fanning  Wickham,  b.  10  March, 

1830;  d.  II  May,  185 1,  without  issue. 
V.  Marv  Fanning  Wickham,  b.  17  April,  1831 ; 
d.  16  Sept.,  1875.  Intermarried  with  Ju- 
lius T.  Porches  Col.  South  Carolina  Vols., 
killed  at  batde  of  Missionary  Ridge. 
VI.  Lucy  Carter  Wickham,  b.  27  Dec,  1834. 
Intermarried  with  George  H.  Byrd ;  now 
living  at  69  Park  Ave.,  New  York. 

(For  further  account  of  the  Wickham  Family,  see 
Biographical  part  of  this  volume.) 


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44.  GILBERT*  FANNING,  b.  1733,     (/'//w*.  Tlwmas'', 

m.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  by  Rev.  Nathaniel 
Eells,  25  Dec,  1753, 

Huldah  Palmer, 
dau.  of  Dr.  Nathan  and  Phcbc  (Billings)  Palmer, 
and  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  23  Jan.,  1736-7. 

Gilbert  Fanning,  sixth  son  of  Capt.  James  and  Hannah 
(Smith)  Fanning,  was  born  in  Siiflblk  Co.,  L-  I.,  in  1733. 
He  removed  to  and  settled  in  Stonington,  Conn.,  the 
home  of  his  grandfather  and  his  ancestors  about  1752  or 
'53.  The  first  record  that  \vc  find  of  him  in  that  town  is 
the  date  of  his  marriage,  25  Dec,  1753,  to  Huldah  Pal- 
mer, daughter  of  Dr.  Nathan  and  Phebe  (Billings)  Palmer, 
of  Stonington.  Gilbert  Fanning  was  "  of  Stonington  "  at 
that  time,  thus  proving  an  earlier  residence  there.  On 
the  loth  of  June,  1754,  Capt.  James  Fanning  for  the 
"love  and  good  will*'  that  he  bore  his  son,  Gilbert  Fan- 
ning of  Stonington,  deeded  him  his  house,  mill  and  seven 
acres  of  land  situated  on  Wequetequock  River  in  that 
town.  James  Fanning  had  purchased  this  property  in 
1 734  of  Samuel  Yeoman,  Sr.,  but  there  is  no  evidence 
that  he  resided  on  it  except  for  a  very  brief  period  in 
1752  or  '53.  On  the  contrary  he  was  living  in  the  town 
of  Southold,  L.  I.,  and  in  the  City  of  New  York  between 
1734  and  1752.  In  the  deed  from  Yeoman  to  Fanning 
mention  is  made  of  "ye  New  mill  &  ye  New  Dwelling 
House  that  formerly  belonged  unto  fergust  McDowell 
late  of  said  Stonington  deceased."  The  site  of  this  mill 
can  be  located  at  the  present  time.  The  inference  from 
the  foregoing  deed  is  that  the  mill  and  dwelling-house 
were  built  by  Fergus  McDowell,  who  was  a  prominent 
man  and  successful  trader  of  that  period.  We  presume 
that  Gilbert  Fanning  occupied  this  property  until  1 760 
or  '61.    In  July,  1761,  we  find  him  living  at "  Stonington 

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Long  PbinV'  on  which  date  he  pmchised  a  new  home 
and  lot  there  from  Elihu  Chesebroogh.  The  house  was 
located  on  the  west  side  of  the  main  thoiottgh&rey  near 
the  corner  of  what  is  now  Union  street,  and  still  remains 
in  a  good  state  of  preservation. 

Soon  afterward  he  sold  his  Weqoetequock  property  to 
his  brother,  Thomas  Fanning,  and  he  in  torn  sold  it,  S3 
Ang^  X765,  to  Aaron  Fish.  Gilbert  Fanning  resided  in 
his  newly  purchased  house  at  Stonington  Long  Point  the 
rest  of  his  life  except  the  last  year  or  two  when  he  lived 
in  a  house  that  was  formerly  his  son  Wflliam's. 

Gilbert  Fanning's  name  appears  frequently  on  the 
Stonington  records  of  deeds  in  the  purchase  and  sale  of 
real  estate.  One  of  his  acquisitions  was  the  Deacon  Wil- 
liam Morgan  turn  of  70  acres  at  ICistnxet  in  the  South 
Society  of  Stonington,  which  he  purchased  of  Joseph 
Morgan,  3  Sept,  1778,  for  ;^3oo.  He  did  not  reside  on 
this  &rm,  however,*  but  rented  or  leased  it  until  it  was 
taken  from  him  on  an  execution  in  finror  of  William 
Chesdxough,  3d,  17  April,  1789.1  Another  land  acquisi- 
tion was  a  piece  of  property  consisting  of  about  54  acres 
on  Qnaquataug  Hill  that  he  bought  of  the  administrators 
of  Thomas  Williams's  estate  in  1783,  being  land  now 
owned  by  Miss  Emma  C  Smith.  Gilbert  Fanning  sold 
this  property  the  same  year  to  William  Denason,  ad,  Isaac 
Williams  and  Josiah  Grant  Hewitt!  This  land  was  bought 

'  •Tbtie  b  a  prandllag  id«a  thst  Cabsit  Fkaaiag  midad  on  this  Mlshnet 
propcfty,  bat  tbcia  b  ao  eridenca  to  mpport  it  On  the  ooatiavf  tiis  Stoa* 
iagtoa  Records  prove  that  lie  wee  Kviag  at  Stoaingtoa  Loof  Foiat  in  Us 
gMdxel-coof  hoose  from  1761  to  17959  and  poaaSbiy  sp  to  neertj  1801.  The 
fdOoariiCieeofded  deeds  at  Stoniagtoa  tiaee  tiie  owMiihip  of  dM  GObcft 
Faaaiag  gambrd-coof  hoaie  and  lot  on  the  Main  atreet*  from  the  tuae  of  ita 
purchaaa  by  him  ta  1761  down  to  1900:  Stomnatoa  Decda»  Book  vu^  p^  341; 
Book  OL.  p.  355;  Book  jxa^  pp.  191,  443*  444*  S^l  Book  nv^  p.  581; 
Book  T9^  pp.  37a,  433;  Book  xxx^  p.  156;  Book  izznL,  p.  ite;  Book 
zxxvni^p.60;  Book  XLVl^  p.  339. 
t^toafaiftOB  Deeds,  Book  n.*  p>  68. 
tlhid^  Book  Z^  pp.  396b  499;  Book  »..  p.  i40» 

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as  a  specalation  only,  and  GQbert  did  not  buOd  or  reside 
on  it  Thomas  Williams  was  killed  at  the  Fort  Gris- 
wold  massacre,  6  Sept,  lySi.  His  estate  was  insolvent 
and  his  land  was  sold  to  pay  his  debts.  Thomas  Wil- 
liams's house  stood  a  few  rods  west  of  this  lot  that  Gil- 
bert Fanning  purchased  and  was  exacdy  55  rods  south- 
southwest  from  Miss  Emma  C*  Smith's  house  as  it  stands 
to-day.  The  building  went  down  many  years  ago,  and 
nothing  now  remains  but  the  cellar-hole.* 

At  the  breaking  out  of  hostilities  between  the  colonies 
and  the  mother  country  Gilbert  Fanning  warmly  espoused 
the  cause  of  the  patriots*  He  was  in  the  commissary  line, 
and  was  active  in  providing  and  supplying  the  army  under 
Washington.  Gilbert's  two  brothers,  Edmund  and  Thom- 
as, were  royalists,  however,  and  as  actively  engaged  in 
furthering  the  interests  of  his  Brittanic  Majesty. 

Gilbert  Fanning  was  a  prominent  man  of  his  time,  and 
held  many  positions  of  trust  and  honor  in  the  town  of 
Stonington.  He  was  a  selectman  in  the  years  1780  and 
'8x.  He  reared  a  large  &mily,  nearly  every  member  of 
which  achieved  distinction.  It  is  said  that  he  was  a  car- 
penter in  early  life,  as  well  as  a  mechanic  and  builder, 
and  was  interested  in  repairing  tiie  meeting-house  in 
1782,  with 
which  church 
he  was  con- 
nected. One 
source  of 
profit  tohim,  Agp  50  (1783) 

his  connection  with  his  sons  in  their  foreign  and  West 

erestea  m  repainng  me  meenng-nouse  m 


*  Another  erroneous  impreirion  is  that  this  ceIkr>ho]e  is  the  site  of  the 
dweUing-housc  of  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior. 

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Indian  trading  bosiness,  which  extended  round  the  worid, 
to  the  ports  of  China,  Japan,  and  to  the  South  Sea  Islands. 
He  died  intestate  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  18  Dec.,  t8oi, 
aged  69  years,  and  was  buried  in  a  private  cemetery  called 
the  Robinson  Burying  Ground,  on  Broad  street,  near 
Water,  in  that  Borough. 

His  widow  died  and  was  buried  at  New  Rochelle,  N.  Y., 
in  Deo,  1813,  aged  75  years.  Her  inscription  is  on  the 
monument  in  the  aforementioned  burying  ground  at  Ston- 
ington.  Conn. 

Issue ^  reeorded  at  Stonington  : 
+  X10.  I.  NATHANnL^  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  31  May,  1755. 
III.  IL  GiLBBBT*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  30  Jan.,  1757. 

He  never  married.  He  resided  at  Stonington.  In 
Onderdonk's  Revolutionary  Incidents  of  Suflfolk  and 
Kings  Counties,  p.  89,  appears  the  following  notice 
of  Gilbert  under  the  head  of  ''Petitions  of  Suflblk 
County  Refugees  in  Connecticut'*:  "April  24^  1780, 
Gilbert  Fanning,  Jr.,  a  nephew  of  li.  Palmer,  at 
Stonington,  wants  to  return  to  L.  I.  to  settle  about 
land  in  Stonington,  which  his  grand&ther  F.  left  to 
his  iather  (at  his  death  in  June,  last),  also  to  get 
power  of  attorney  from  Phineas  and  Jas.  F.,  at  South- 
old,  to  dispose  of  estate  of  Richard  F.,  who  died  8 
years  ago  in  North  Carolina,  and  left  a  children  who 
died  lately." 

Gilbert  Fanning,  like  his  father  and  brothers,  early 
became  an  ardent  supporter  of  the  colonies  at  the 
breaking  out  of  the  Revolutionary  War.  While  on  a 
cruise  in  the  private  armed  schooner  ''Weasel,"*  he 
and  his  younger  brother,  Thomas,  were  captured  by 
the  British,  taken  to  New  York,  and  confined  on  board 
the  Jersey  Prison  Ship,  where,  after  an  unfortunate 
attempt  to  escape,  he  died  in  178a,  and  was  buried 

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on  the  shores  of  the  Wallaboiit,  with  other  hapless 

^  TUi  priioa  lUp  was  origiaallj  m  Britisli  risty-fov-gm  maB-of-wary  wUdi, 
bcbf  aafit  for  ftrvka^  was  dJnnaiitkd  and  moQKd  ia  tiM  Wallaboaty  when 

\  Brooklyn  l^vrj  Yard  Is  skaated*  and  thtre  wad  as  a  prisoa  lor  cap- 

\  were  life  Frisoa  Sh^  ia  the  WaUaboet  Bqr  dnfa^  the  latter  part 
oftheltsvQlatioMqrWar:  the  Jcne7,theJoha,theScor|Moa,theSlrasBholo» 
and  the  Healer.  The  kife  aaaiber  ol  ptiaoaeiB  eoafiaed  in  the  Jcnej 
(sosMtfaaes  cfver  a  thoeaaad)  aad  their  terrible  saeeilufs,  have  avde  her 
aoof  the  Prisoa  SMpa.  Her  crew  eowiiited  of  a 
» m  steward*  a  cookt  and  aboot  a  dosea  sailocB.  She  had 
also  a  geard  ol  twehre  aMriiics»  and  aboet  thirtj  soMcn  drafted  liroai  the 
British  aad  Hesriaa  troops  encaatprd  on  Loog  Istaad.  ^ 

UawhoksoBW  food,  fool  airt  iOth  aad  despoadeaqr  sooa  prodaced  c 
of  the  okmK  flHlifaaaC  natare  aamig  the  prisoners;  dyscatcr] 
aad  prison  fever  being  the  most  prevaleaiu  For  waat  of  proper  sMdical  at- 
teadaace  the  prisoners  of  the  Jersey  died  by  scores.  No  systematic  rifosta 
were  made  for  thdr  relief;  and*  becanse  of  the  contagioes  natare  of  the 
I  ever  visited  them  to  bestow  a  word  of  consolation  or  a 

y  in  msww  ol  sh,  the  prisoners  rscelved  thdr  dkdiy  mtioBS 
I  of  moaldy  biscait»  damaged  peas,  condemned  beef  aad  porfc, 
I  and  ftoar,  aad  a  little  rsndd  saet,  bet  aever  any  vegitobiss.  Every 
;  they  fatoeght  ap  their  boding  from  the  hold  to  be  alrad,and  after 
\  the  dedm,  they  were  sBowed  to  rcamin  above  aatfl  saasr  t,  whea  they 
were  ocdevsd  below  with  the  wvagecoanaand,*' Down,  rebds,  down."  The 
hetchm  were  thea  doset  aad  they  \Kf  down  to  sleep  la  the  stUBag  heat  and 
peliidalr.  Everyamalagthcy  were salated  with,  the  orders  "RdMliitara 
oat  yov  dead.*  -The  dead  weie  selected  ftom  the  Ihriag;  each  sewed  ia  his 
:  Qi  helmd  one),  conveyed  to  the  shore  la  a  boat  by  his  companions 
rm  geard,  aoid  hastily  beried.  So  shallow  were  the  ffmvcs  of  the  dead 
OB  the  shorm  of  the  WaUahoat^  that  while  the  Jcmey  wea  jet  semBng  forth 
her  victim^  the  acdoaol  the  wavea  aad  the  driftfaig  of  the  looee  saad  oftea 
eiqiosed  the  boacs  ol  msny  ol  those  beried  there.  . 

Maay  attcaipts  at  escape  were  audc^  some  soccessfal  aad  some  dlsastrons^ 
as  eadi  attempt  drew  the  beads  of  captivity  c]oeer,andl  the  aame  Hill  waa 
amd  ae  a  syauaym  for  the  Jersey  Prisoa  Ship. 

For  amny  yearn  after  the  war  ao  attempt  was  OMde  to  piestrvs  the  bones 
of  the  ami^rred  patriots  who  thas  perished.    Oa  the  loth  ol  Febraaiy,  1803, 

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1.  The  Flag-sUiF,whkh  WIS  seldom  usedf  and  only  for  signab. 

2.  A  canvas  awning  or  tent,  used  by  the  guards  in  warm 


3.  The  Quarter-deckf  with  its  barricado  about  ten  feet  high, 

with  a  door  and  loop-holes  00  each  side. 

4.  The  Ship's  OflBcers'  Cabm,  under  the  Quarter-deck. 

5.  Accommodatioii-laddery  00  the  starboard  side,  for  the  use 

of  the  ship's  officers. 

6.  The  Steerage,  occupied  by  the  sailors  belonging  to  the  ship. 

7.  The  Cook-room  for  the  ship's  crew  and  guards. 

8.  The  Sutler's-i'oom,  where  articles  were  sold  to  the  prison- 

ers, and  delivered  to  them  through  an  opening  in 
the  bulkhead. 
9*    The  Upper«deck  and  Spar-deck,  where  the  prisoners  were 
occasionally  allowed  to  walk. 

10.  The'  Gangway-ladder,  on  the  larboard  side,  for  the  prisoners. 

11.  The.Deririck,  on  the  starboard  side,  ibr  taking  in  water, 

etc.,  etc. 

12.  The  Galleyi  or  Great  Copper,  under  the  forecastle,  where 

.  the  provisions  were  cooked  for  the  prisoners. 

13.  The  Gun-room,  occupied  by  those  prisoners  who  were 


14.  15.     Hatchways  leading  below,  where  the  prisoners  were 


17,  18.     Between-decks,  where  the  prisoners  were  confined  by 

19.  The-Bowsprit 

20.  Chain  Cables,  by  which  the  ship  was  moored. 

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His   father  was  appointed  by  the  Probate  Court 
adiiiinislrator  of  his  estate,  19  June,  1782.     It  was  • 
inventoried  at  Stonington,  23  July  following  ^346- 
0-7,  and  consisted  of  real  estate  and  a  brge  amount  of 
movable  estate. 
112.  in.  WifxiAM*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  6  Oct.,  1758.     He 
never  m.,  and  res.  at  Stonington.    Like  his  brothers 
he  followed  the  sea,  and  was  engaged  in  trade  with 
the  West  Indies,  and  was  known  as  Capt.  William  , 
Fanning.  He  purchased  a  house  and  lot  in  Stonington  t 
Long  Point  of  his  father,  Gilbert  Fanning,  i  April, 
1778,  for  ^390,  which  lot  Gilbert  had  bought    of 
William  Chesebrough,  2d,  on  the  31  June,  1772,  and 
had  built  a  house  thereon.  He  was  lost  at  sea  on  the 
3  Jan.,  T780,  in  the  22d  year  of  his  age,  on  a  return 
trip  from  the  West  Indies. 

a  memorial  was  presented  to  Congress  on  iKhaU  of  lh«  Tanimnny  Society  of 
New  York  City,  soliciting  a  tomb  for  the  martyred  dead  of  the  Wallaliout. 
The  prayer  of  the  petition  was  not  granted.  The  Tammany  Society  resumed 
the  consirleration  of  the  subject  in  1807,  appointed  a  coimnittee,  and  on  the 
13th  of  April,  180S,  the  corner-stone  of  a  vault  for  the  reception  of  the  re- 
mains was  laid  with  imposing  ceremonies  upon  land  situated  on  the  south- 
western verge  of  the  Navy  Yard,  Brooklyn.  On  the  26th  of  May  following  a 
grand  funeral  procession,  formed  of  societies  and  citizens  of  New  York  and 
Brooklyn  marched  to  the  vault,  and  there,  in  the  presence  of  llfteen  thousand 
people,  thirteen  cofHns  filled  with  bones  collected  from  the  shore  of  the  \Val* 
labout,  were  deposited.  The  total  number  of  American  prisoners  who  per- 
ished cannot  be  ascertained.  At  the  time  of  the  interment  in  iSoS  it  was 
estimated  that  more  than  eleven  thousand  American  prisoners  had  died  on 
board  the  Prison  Ships. 

(Vide  "Recollections  of  the  Jersey  Prison  Ship,  from  the  original 
manuscripts  of  Capt.  Thomas  Dring,  one  of  the  prisoners";  "The  Ad- 
ventures of  Christopher  Hawkins,  containing  details  of  his  Captivity/' 
etc.,  etc.;  "  Martyrs  to  the  Revolution  in  the  IJritish  Prison  Ships  in 
the  Wallabout  Bay";  "The  Old  Jersey  Captive,  or  a  narrative  of  the 
Captivity  of  Thomas  Andros  on  Ijoard  the  Jersey  Prison  Ship";  "Ad- 
ventures of  Ebene/er  Fox  in  the  Revolutionary  War";  and  other  works 
on  the  subject.) 

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The  following  incinorial,  dated  22  May,  1781,  was  ; 
presented  by  Gilbert  Fanning  to  the  General  Asscm-  ' 
bly  of  the  State  of  Connecticut  at  Hartford  : 

'*To  the  Hona  Genl  Assembly  of  the  State  of  Con- 
necticut now  setting  at  Hartford  in  sd  State. 

"The  Memorial  of  Gilbert  Fanning  of  Stonington  in 
the  County  of  New  London  humbly  sheweth  that  Wil- 
liani  Fanning,  son  of  your  memorialist,  sailed  from  the 
Harbor  of  sd  Stonington  Master  of  a  vessel  about  the 
i7rh  of  October  1779,  bound  to  a  French  port  in  the 
West  Intlics :  That  sometime  in  December  following 
your  Memorialist's  sd  son  sailed  from  sd  port  in  the 
West  Indies  on  his  return  home  which  your  Memo- 
rialist was  sufficiently  informed  &  assured  of  by  the 
crew  of  a  vessel  which  sailed  from  sd  place  in  com- 
pany vvith  said  William  Fanning  in  said  December 
and  was  taken  and  carried  to  Europe.  That  on  or 
about  the  second  day  of  January  following  being  in 
the  year  1 7S0  a  vessel  bound  from  Stonington  to  the 
West  Indies  being  at  sea  saw  a  vessel  not  being  nigh 
enough  to  speak  with  which  from  her  size  and  ap- 
pearance they  supposed  to  be  the  vessel  of  which 
your  memorialist's  said  son  was  master,  and  on  the 
night  following  the  said  2d  day  of  January  there  was 
a  severe  storm  in  which  the  said  vessel  lost  all  her 
horses  &c  oft'  her  deck,  and  with  great  toyl  danger 
and  distress  the  said  vessel  was  saved,  and  in  which 
storm  there  is  great  reason  to  suspect  that  your 
Memorialist's  son  and  vessel  were  lost,  as  they  have  not 
been  heard  of  since,  and  your  memorialist  begs  leave 
to  represent  to  your  House  that  his  said  son  has  left 
a  real  estate  consisting  of  a  house  and  lot  at  Stoning- 
ton point  and  sundry  valuable  articles  of  personal 
estate,  and  notwithstanding  my  said  son  has  been  lost 
and  missing  about  17  or  18  months  and  there  is  no 
person  in  the  vicinity  who  have  any  belief  of  his  be- 
ing yet  alive.  Yet  as  there  has  been  no  direct  evidence 
of  his  death  no  measures  have  been  taken  to  make 
payment  of  his  debts  or  to  setde  his  estate,  and  his 
said  estate  is  much  on  the  waste  and  spoil  and  no 
person  authorized  to  take  charge  of  the  same.  Where- 

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fore  your  Memorialist  prays  your  Hours,  to  take  the 
case  into  your  wise  consideration  and  to  order  and 
decree  that  the  Court  of  probate  for  the  district  of 
Stonington  may  grant  Letters  of  Administration  on 
said  Estate,  that  the  same  may  be  settled  in  due  course 
of  law  providing  if  need  be  that  sufficient  bond  be  given 
to  said  Court  to  be  answerable  in  case  his  said  son 
should  be  yet  alive,  or  in  such  other  way  grant  relief 
as  to  your  Honrs.  may  seem  meet  and  your  Hours. 
Memorialist  as  in  duty  bound  shall  ever  pray 
''Dated  in  Hartford  May  22nd  1781. 

"Gilbert  Fanking" 

"In  the  Lower  House 

"The  Prayer  of  this  Memorial  is  granted  &  that  a 
bill  in  form  may  be  brought  in  accordingly. 
"Jedediah  Strong,  Qerk" 

"Concurred  in  the  Upper  House 

"George  Wyllys  Sec'y" 

"At  a  General  Assembly  of  the  Gov  &  Company  of 
the  State  of  Connecticut  hohien  at  Hartford  on  the 
Second  Thursday  of  May  Anno  Domini  1781  upon 
the  Memorial  of  Gilbert  Fanning  of  Stonington  Show- 
ing to  this  Assembly,  that  William  Fanning  Son  of 
the  Memorialist  Sail'd  from  the  harbour  of  sd  Ston- 
ington, Master  of  a  Vessel  about  the  Seventeenth  day 
of  October  1779  Bound  to  the  West  Indies,  and  has 
not  Retum'd,  and  from  various  Circumstances  recited 
in  said  Memorial,  is  probably  lost,  and  that  his  said 
Son  has  left  a  real  Estate  and  sundry  Articles  of  Per- 
sonal Estate  &c.  And  thcreu]X)n  praying  this  As- 
sembly to  order  that  the  Court  of  Probate  for  the 
District  of  Stonington  may  grant  I-.etter  of  Ad  minis'* 
on  said  Estate  that  the  same  may  be  settled  accord- 
ing to  Law  as  per  Memorial  on  File.  Whereupon 
Resolved  by  this  Assembly  that  the  Court  of  Probate 


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fi)r  ihc  Dislrii-t  tifStonini^lon  lie  DlrorU'il,  Ami  tiu' 
saitl  Court  is  hcrcl)y  Directed  to  Grant  Letter  ufAtl- 
ministmtion  to  some  (it  person  on  said  Instate  takinp^ 
Suftlcicnt  Bond  in  the  premises  to  refund  ^c  in  Case 
the  said  William  be  living  and  shall  lay  claim  to  his  said 
Estate — Passed  in  the  l^ower  House.  Test  Jedidiah 
Strong  Clerk  Concur'd  in  the  upp'r  House.  Test 
George  Wyllys  Sccr'y.  A  Tnie  Copy  ICxam'd  by 

George  Wyllys  Secretary." 

Acting  under  this  special  act  of  the  Assembly,  the 
Probate  Court  at  Stonington  appointed  Gilbert  Fan- 
ning administrator  on  the  estate  of  his  son,  Capt. 
William  Fanning,  24  June,  1781.  His  estiite  was  in- 
ventoried on  the  2S  June,  1781,  ^99-2-0.  His 
dwelling  house  and  lot  were  included  in  this  amount 
at  ;^So. 

1 13.  IV.  James*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Corn.,  10  Sept.,  1760 ;  prob- 

ably d.  young. 

114,  V.  HuLDAH^  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  19  July,  1762  ;  d. 

3  April,  1765,  a.  2  yrs.,  8  mos.,  15  days,  and  is  bur. 
in  the  Robinson  Burying  Ground  on  Broad  Street 
at  Stonington  (g.  s.). 
+  115.  VI.  Thomas*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  17  May,  1765, 
116.  VII,  Hin-DAH*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  30  March,  1767 ; 
m.  at  Stonington,  8  June,  1 788,  Dr.  Ephraim  Wheeler 
of  that  town  and  removed  to  North  Carolina,  where 
she  was  living  in  1 792.»  There  appears  no  record 
of  her  or  her  family  after  that  date.  One  authority 
states,  however,  she  resided  near  Norfolk,  Virginia, 
where  her  brother,  Thomas  Fanning  (No.  115), 
appeA»-s  to  have  lived  for  a  while.  If  this  statement 
is  correct  the  time  would  seem  to  be  subsequent  to 
her  residence  in  North  Carolina. 

•  Stonington  Dcctls,   P»ook  Xlfl.,  p.  68. 

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+  11 7.  VIII.  I''i>MtiNi)\  l>.  :U  Sloiiin;;lois  C4)nii.»  \(\  July.  i76(>. 
4- II 5.    IX.  Lkmukl  l\VLiMKi<'^,  b.  :il  Sloiiii)«;l(>n,  Conn.,  21  April, 

1 19.  X.  RicuARD*,  I),  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  15  July,  1774.  He 

was  known  as  Captain  Richanl  Fanning,  and  fol- 
lowed the  sea.  He  res.  at  Slonington  when  a  young 
man,  and  was  living  there  in  1793,  aAer  which  he 
removed  to  New  York  City,  where  he  d.  in  1 798. 
On  19  Oct.,  1798,  Capt.  Nathaniel  Fanning  of  Ston- 
ington  was  appointed  administrator  of  the  estate  of 
his  brother,  Capt.  Richard  Fanning,  ivho  d.  intes- 
tate.* His  estate  was  setded  by  the  Probate  Court 
at  Stonington,  and  his  inventory,  taken  6  May,  1800, 
amounted  to  ;^33-6-7. 

No  record  of  his  marriage  is  found  at  Stonington 
or  New  York  City,  and  it  is  probable  that  he  never 

120.  XI.  Phineas*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  22  June,  1776.  He 

was  living  at  Stonington  in  Sept.,  1 792,!  after  which 
time  no  record  of  him  appears  in  that  town.  He 
may  have  been  the  Phineas  Fanning  who  was  resid- 
ing in  Nonvich,  N.  Y.,  in  1804,  but  proof  of  this  is 
not  now  in  evidence, 
+  121.  XH.  Henry',  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  13  April,  1778. 

*  Vide  Records  on  file  in  the  Surrogate's  Oflice,  New  York  City,  recorded 
May  I,  I799»  Book  vi.,  p.  95. 
t  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  xiir.,  p.  68. 

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43.  RICHARD*  FANNING,  b.  1 737,     {James^  Thomas\ 
m.  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Richard  Fnnning,  ninth  child  and  seventh  son  of  Capt. 
James  and  Hannah  (Smith)  Fanning,  was  born  in  the 
town  of  Southold,  County  of  Suffolk,  L.  I.,  about  1737. 

Very  little  is  known  of  him,  except  that  he  removed  to 
and  setded  in  North  Carolina,  where  he  died  in  1772 
or  1773,  leaving  two  children  who  died  just  previous  to 
1780.*  A  Richard  Fanning  appears  on  the  land  records 
of  Anson  County,  North  Carolina,  in  1769,  1770  and 
1773.  In  those  years  respectively  he  was  granted  300, 
100,  and  64  acres  of  land  on  Rro.»'n  Creek,  Dyson  Creek, 
and  Pcdce  River,  in  that  County .f  Whether  he  was  the 
Richard  Fanning  above  (No.  45)  it  is  difficult  to  deter- 
mine, but  it  would  appear  likely,  and  might  be  proved  by 
further  research. 

His  wife  had  no  doubt  deceased  prior  to  his  death,  for 
his  property  appears  to  have  been  divided  among  his 
brothers  and  sisters. 

Issue : 
122.  I.  (Child*),  b.  at  d.  in  infancy. 

I  :  3.  n.  (Child-),  b.  at  d,  in  infancy. 

•  Vic*  Onderdonk's  Revolutionary  Incidents  of  Suffolk  and  Kings  Coun- 
ties, p,  S9,  par.  707. 

■*•  Vide  Records  of  Original  Grants  as  they  appear  on  file  in  the  office  of  the 
R?^,>tor  of  Deeds  at  Raleigh,  Wake  County,  North  Carolina,  Book  XX.,  pp. 
533.  5 {.6;   Uouic  XXI :.,  p.  24S. 

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46.  EDMUND*  FANNING,  b.  1739,  (Janus',  Thomas', 
m.  in  the  Province  of  Nova  Scotia,  by  the  Rev. 
Joshua  Wingate  Weeks,  Minister  of  St.  Paul's 
Church  at  Halifax,  30  Nov.,  1785, 

Phcebe  Maria  Burns,*   j 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

•  Otidertlonk's  Revolutionary  Incidents  of  Queens  County,  p.  247,  crro- 
neoasly  states  that  Gen.  Edmund  Fanning  ninrned  the  daughter  of  Gov.  Tryon. 
Other  authorities  have  fallen  into  the  same  error. 

General  Edmund  Fanning,  ll.  d.,  son  of  Capt.  James 
and  Hannah  (Smith)  Fanning,  was  born  in  the  town  of  I 
Southold,  County  of  Suffolk,  Province  of  New  York,  24  - 
April,  1739-     • 

He  was  a  noted  loyalist  of  Revolutionary  times,  a 
graduate  of  Yale  College  in  1757;  removed  to  North 
Carolina,  and  was  prominent  in  the  Regulator  troubles  of 
that  Province;  was  Trustee  and  Commissioner  of  the 
Town  of  Hillsborough  in  1 760,  and  Representative  of  the 
County  of  Orange  in  the  General  Assembly ;  studied  law, 
was  admitted  to  the  bar  in  1762,  and  was  made  Registrar 
of  the  County  of  Orange.  In  1765  he  was  appointed  ' 
Judge  of  the  Supreme  Court  of  North  Carolina,  which  ! 
position  he  resigned  upon  the  repeal  of  the  Stamp  Act.     | 

In  1 771  he  removed  with  Gov.  Tryon  to  New  York  at  I 
his  request  as  his  private  secretary,  and  was  appointed 
Surrogate-General,  and  in  1774  Surveyor-General  of  that  : 
Province,  the  latter  office  being  given  him  by  Lord  North  j 
in  consideration  of  his  losses,  sufferings  and  services  dur-  ' 
ing  the  insurrection  in  North  Carolina. 

In  1776  he  raised  and  commanded  as  colonel  a  regi- 
ment called  the  King's  American  Regiment  of  Foot,  with 

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wliirh  In*  srrvi-il  (Itititi;;  llic  Urviiliilioii.'iry  In  1782 
tliist  rcgiiiiciil  was  placed  011  llic  l>rili.sli  ICsUiljlishiucnt  and 
disbanded  at  the  I'eace  in  1 783. 

He  then  removed  to  Nova  Scotia  over  which  he  was 
appointed  Licutcnant-CJovernor  24  Feb.,  1783 ;  was  made 
Lieutenant-dovcrnor  of  Trince  Kdward  Island  in  1786, 
Mnjor-Cleneral   in 

the  liiilisli   Anny       ^-^        ^^^^4-^)"^'*^ 
in  1793,  Lienlcn- 
ant-licncral  in 
1799  and  General 
in  1S03.     He  re- 

tired  from  the  Arc  33  (« 77-') 

yovenuncnl  of  rrincc  ICdward  Island  in  1S05,  and  re- 
moved to  ICngland  in  iSij,  where  lie  resided  until  his 
death  in  18 iS. 

He  had  conferred  upon  him  the  following  honorary 
degrees  :  a.  m.  from  Harvard  College  in  1 764  ;  a.  m.  from 
King's  (now  Columbia)  College  in  1772;  a.  m.  from 
Queen's  (now  Washington)  University,  North  Carolina ; 
D.  c.  L.  from  Oxford  University,  England,  in  1774  ;  u..  D. 
from  Yale  and  Dartmouth  Colleges  in  1803. 

He  died  in  London,  England,  28  Feb.,  181 8,  aged  79 
years,  and  was  buried  at  Kensington. 

His  widow  died  at 

His  will  dated  10  Nov.,  1S13,  and  codicil  dated  24 
Feb.,  18 1 S,  is  on  record  in  the  office  of  the  Judge  of 
Probate  of  Wills  of  Prince  Edward  Island, 

(For  complete  account  of  the  life  of  Gen.  Edmund 

Fanning,  ll.  d.,  with  copy  of  his  will,  and  the  story  of 

its  contention,  which  lasted  for  nearly  seventy-five  years, 

see  Diographical  part  of  this  volume.) 
Issue^  thrtce  daitgkiers  and  one  son: 
124.    I.  Ix)Ui?A  AucirsTA*,  b.  at  Point  Pleasant,  H%ilifax,  Nova 
Scotia.  Tuesday,  3  Oct,,  1 7S6,  between  eight  and  nine 

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o'clock  in  die  iiioniing--chritleiied  on  Sunday,  Oct 
22,  by  Rar.  Mr.  Weeks,  minister  of  the  VmAk  of  St 
Ftnl's,  and  Profince  of  Nova  Scotia ;  nt  at  Ealing, 
County  of  Middlesex,  England,  s8  June,  1830,  Sir 
Gabriel  Wood  of  Aigyle  Street,  in  the  County  of 
MidcAesex,  England,  Knight,  a  Commissary  General 
in  the  Enf^  Army.  He  d.  at  Bath  on  29  Oct, 
r845.  La^  Wood  d.  at  No.  3  Circas,  Bath,  on  19 
liarch,  187s.  They  were  both  boried  in  the  Dis-. 
trict  of  Lansdown,  County  of  Someiset,  England, 

125.  n.  FaiPxaiCK  Auousiuif,  b.  at  Charioltet![»wn,  St  John's 
Island^  Tuesday,  20  Jan.,  1789,  between  one  and 
two  o'dodc  in  the  afternoon,  and  christened  by  the 
Rev.  Mr.  Desbrisay.  He  was  captain  in  His  BCa|es- 
ty's  22d  Regiment  of  Foot  He  was  about  e^t 
years  in  service  with  different  regiments,  and  had 
just  returned  from  the  East  Indies  when  he  died. 
His  death  occurrd  at  Kensington,  near  London, 
Engfauid,  on  Tuesday,  22  Sept,  1812,  at  four  o'clock 
in  the  aftenodn,  in  the  twenty-third  year  of  his  age. 
He  was  never  mairied,  and  dted  intestate.  He  was 
buried  in  a  leaden  coffin,  and  his  remains  deposited 
m  a  vauh  under  the  chancd  in  the  Fuish  Church  of 

isd.  m.  Habu  S08AIIMA  MATiLD4*,b.atChariottetown,St  John's 
Island,  Wednesday,  23  March,  1 79i,between  two  and 
three  o'clock  in  the  afternoon,  and  was  christened 
on  Sunday  the  loth  of  May  fblkmhig  by  the  Rev.  lir. 
Desbrisay.  She  never  married.  She  lived  at  No.  3 
the  Circus,  and  afterwards  at  No.  4  Royal  Crescent, 
both  in  the  City  of  Bath,  Coun^  of  Someiset,  Eng- 
bmd,  where  she  died  6  Feb.,  1879.  Her  win  is  on 
file  m  the  Principal  Probate  Registry  of  the  Hig^ 

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Court  of  Justice,  and  was  proved*in  said  Court  28 
Feb.»  1879,  by  Margaret  William  Tryon  Cumberland, 
(wife  of  Bentinck  Harry  Cumberland,  Esquire),  the 
sister,  and  William  Ford,  the  executors  named  there- 
in, and  which  probate  now  remaitair  on  record  in  the 
said  Registry, 

(A  copy  of  her  will  appears  in  the  Gen.  Edmund 
Fanning  article  in  the  Biographical  part  of 
this  volume,  q.  v.) 
X  2  7«  IV.  Maroarrt  WiLUAM  Tryon,  b.  at  Charlottetown,  Prince 
Edward  Island,  Tuesday,  16  Dec,  1800^  between 
six  and  seven  o'clock  in  the  afternoon,  and  was 
christened  on  the  sa  July,  i8ox,  by  the  Rev.  Mr, 
Desbrisay.;  ro.  at  All  Saints  Church,  in  the  Parish 
of  Marylebone,  Middlesex,  Eng.,  25  Nov.,  1833,  Ben- 
tinck Harry  Cumberland.  He  was  captain  of  the  96th 
Regiment  when  married,  and  as  such  was  command- 
ant of  the  garrison  at  Charlottetown  in  1833.  He 
afterwards  became  lieutenant-colonel  in  the  Army. 
He  died  at  Enham  Lodge,  Leamington,  in  the  County 
of  Warwick,  30  Juxie,  x88o,  and  hb  widow  died 
there  in  April,  1887.    No  is 

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so.  THOMA^*FANNING,b.  1724.5,  (^/V//fln/»,77/^«iaj«,  1 

Edmund^)  \ 

m.  ist,  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  15  Sept.,  1747,  ' 

Anne  Reynolds, 
dau.  of  John  and  Lydia  (Lord)  Reynolds, 
and  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  28  Oct.,  1723. 
She  d.  at  Norwich,  22  Dec,  1771,  in  her  49th  year. 
He  m.  2d,  at  Windham,  Conn.,  16  Jan.,  1772, 

Mrs.  Phcbe  Hurlbut, 
dau.  of 
widow  of 
and  b.  at 

Captain  Thomas^  Fanning,  the  eldest  son  of  Richard 
and  Hannah  (Kegwin)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Stonington, 
Conn.,  in  1724-5.  In  early  life  (said  to  be  about  1740) 
he  settled  at  Nonvich,  and  was  the  first  of  the  name  in 
that  place.  There,  on  the  15  th  of  Scj)t.,  1747,  he  married 
Anne,  daughter  of  John  Reynolds,  a  descendant  of  one 
of  the  first  proprietors  of  that  town.  She  was  born  at 
Norwich  on  the  28th  of  Oct.,  1723,  and  died  on  the  22d 
of  Dec,  1771,  in  the  49th  year  of  her  age,  after  bearing 
him  three  sons  and  three  daughters.  On  the  i6th  of  Jan., 
1772,  he  married  a  second  wife,  the  Widow  Phebe  Hurl- 
but,  of  Windham,  Conn. 

Captain  Fanning  became  one  of  the  leading  shipmas- 
ters and  merchants  of  Norwich.  He  was  the  first  person 
who  owned  and  commanded  a  packet  ship  plying  regu- 
larly between  Norwich  and  New  York,  His  store  was 
situated  near  Chelsea  Plain,  opposite  his  dwelling  house, 
between  the  town  and  landing,  and  at  the  end  of  Crescent 
Street.  In  this  store  he  carried  on  business  as  an  im- 
porter and  dealer  in  European  and  India  goods  as  well 
as  a  trader  in  domestic  produce. 

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Al  some  linii'  afln-  liis  soroml  in:irri.'ij;o  he  rnnovril  to 
Wiiulhatii  where  he  liveil  several  years.    At  length,  being 
seized  wiili  the  palsy,  he  returned  to  Norwich,  wliere  he 
hVed  with  his  son  Thomas  until  his  death,  which  occurretl 
on  the  7th  of  Sept.,  1 790,  in  the  67lh  year  of  his  Jigc.(g.s.) 
hsnc^  recorded  at  Norwich^  Conn.: 
12S.    I.  Ann'k*,  b.  at  Nor>vich,  Conn.,  4  Dec,  1748;   m.  at 
,  Abraham  Perkins,  and  settled  at  Lyme, 
Conn.,  where  she  d.  3  May,  1823,  a,  75. 
+  129.  H.  Thomas*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  18  July,  1750. 

130.  HL  Hanxah*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  10  March,  1754  ;  m. 

at  in  177S,  Patrick  Southmayd,  b.  31  Oct., 

1 739>  a^d  lived  at  .  They  had  nine  ch. : 

Samuel,  who  ni.  an  Osgood,  had  six  ch.,  and  lived 
in  New  York;  Thomas, John, Erastus;  Charles,  who 
d.  Oct.,  1815,  unm. ;  Lucy,  Plannah  and  two  others. 
She  d.  14  Feb.,  1816;  he  d.  30  Dec,  1S21,  a.  82. 

131.  IV.  Cyrl'sS  b.  at  Noiwich,  Conn.,  24  Sept.,  1756.     He 

never  m., — followed  the  sea.     He  was  of  the  "Spy" 

packet,  and  was  taken  prisoner  by  the  British  and 

incarcerated   in   Forton  Prison,  Eng.,  where  Capt. 

Nathaniel  Fanning  (No.  1 10)  was  confined.   He  was 

restrained  there  from  June  1 778  to  July,  1 779.   Later 

he  was  exchanged.  He  went  to  sea  in  1 794  and  was 

never  heard  from  aftenvards.       His  brother,  John 

administea*d  on  his  estate,  whtdi  was  inventoried 

at  Norwich  and  distributed  on  the  x8th  March,  1814. 

-p  1 32.  V.  John  Reynolds*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  25  Dec,  1 75s.* 

133.  VI,  &ARAH*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  9    Jan.,  1760;    m.  at 

,    14  Oct.,  1S14,  Deacon  Robert  Ealy 

(or  Ely)  of  Saybrook,  where  they  settled  and  where 

she  d.  21  Dec,  1 82 7,  a.  67  years  and  10  months. 

•Norwich  Town  Rccvn!s  read  ^/  Dec,,  1758,      Descendants,  however, 
claim  the  correct  t!ate  is  sj  Dec,  1758. 

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55.  RICHARD*  FANNING,  hap.  17,15,  {A'irlufnf\ 

ni.  at  Stonin^ton,  Conn.,  22  April,  1760, 

Hannah , 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Richard  Fanning,  Jr.,  son  of  Richard  and  Hannah 
(Kcgwin)  Fanning,  was  baptized  at  Stonington,  21  Sept., 


He  learned  the  trade  of  a  tailor,  and  followed  that  oc- 
cupation at  New  London,  Preston  and  Groton,  as  well  as 
in  his  native  town. 

On  the  21  Aug.,  1794,  he  bought  a  twenty-acre  farm 
and  buildings  in  Groton  of  Capt.  William  Belcher  of 
Preston,  which  farm  formerly  belonged  to  David  Fanning 
(No.  ^z^^  and  was  his  homestead  farm  which  he  had  in-  \ 
herited  from  his  father,  Jonathan,  at  his  death  in  1761.  j 
This  was  part  of  the  original  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  [ 
farm.     Richard  resided  there  but  a  few  years,  as  he  sold  | 
out,  6  July,  iSor,  to  William  Stanton,  2d,  and  removed 
that  year  with  his  wife  and  family  to  Preston,  Chenango 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  where  we  find  record  of  him,  17  May,  1802, 
This  county  was  settled  largely  by  emigrants  from  New 
London  County,  Conn.,  who  gave  the  name  of  Norwich 
to  the  county  seat  of  Chenango.    Richard  Fanning  re- 
sided at  Preston,  N.  Y.,  the  rest  of  his  lit*,  passing  the 
last  few  years  there  with  his  son  Asa. 

He  died  at  Preston,  N.  Y.,  about  1825,  and  his  widow 
about  1835.    Both  buried  at  Preston  Comers. 
Issue  :^ 
134,     I.  Katharine*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  8  Sept.,  1762; 
m.  in  Conn,  about  1 784  David  Eccleston,  and  moved 

*  Two  only  of  this  issue  arc  recorded  at  Stonington,  viz.,  Kath.irine  ami 
Richard.    The  births  of  the  remaining  children  arc  furnished  by  descendant. 

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to  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  al)out  1803,  settling  at  Pres- 
ton Centre.  He  d.  and  the  widow  went  to  live  at 
Norwich,  N.  Y. 

Six  Chiitfren: 
r.  Frederick  Eccleston,  b.  in  Conn.,  in  1785  ;  m. 
at  Sally  Taylor  of  Mystic,  Conn, 

Their  eldest  child,  Maria  Ecclcston,  b.  12 
Nov.,  iSi  i,m,  24  May,  1828,  Daniel McAdams, 
and  was  livinjT;  in  1897  at  East  McDonough, 
Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y. 
II.  David  Eccliis-i-qn,  b.  in  Conn. ;  m.  a  Burdick 
of  Norwich,  N.  Y. 

III.  Charles  Ecclesi'dn,  b.  ;  m.  a  Lewis  of 

Preston,  N.  Y. 

IV.  Washington  Eccleston,  b.  ;  m.  a  Pea- 

body  of  Norwich,  N.  Y. 

V.  Katfurixe  Eccleston,  b.  ;  m.  a  Clark. 

VI.  Hanxah  Eccleston,  b.  ;  ra.  a  Marsh. 
II.  Richard^  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  31  Aug.,  1764. 

III.  Betsy*,  b.  at  ,  13  Sept.,  1766  ;  m.  at  , 

Conn.,  William  Palmer.  They  removed  to  Chenango 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  1803,  and  later  to  Olean,  N.  Y.  He 
was  captain  of  a  company  of  volunteers  from  Che- 
nango and  adjacent  counties  during  the  War  of  181 2- 
13,  doing  duty  at  Sackett's  Harbor. 

IV,  Asa*,  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  20  July,  1768.* 
v.  Henry*,  b.  at  18  Dec,  1770. 

VI.  William  Frederick*,  b.  at  21  April,  1773. 

VII.  Charles''',  b.  probably  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  13  May, 


*  There  seems  to  Ik*  some  question  nbout  this  <late.  The  births  of  all  seven 
chiMron  as  above  arc  furMi.>heil  by  a  descendant,  Mrs.  Gales,  of  New  London, 
Conn.  Another  ilcii-cndnnt,  how  ever,  J''rank  Fanning,  St.  Joseph,  Mo.,  says 
.\s;i  was  born  25  July,  1766,  which  ilnle  he  obtained  from  Asa's  own  state- 
ment in  his  pension  application  papers. 

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SC,  JAMES«  FANNING,  b,  about  1737,  {RichanP, 

Thama^^  EdmumP) 

m.  at  26  Sept,  1769, 

Sarah  Gillet, 
dan*  of 
and  b.  at 

James  Fanning,  son  of  Richard  and  Hannah  (Kegwin) 
Fanning,  was  born  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  about  1737.  In 
eariy  life  he  removed  to  and  setded  in  Canaan,  Litchfidd 
Co.,  Conn*,  where  he  foHowed  the  occupadon  of  farming. 
He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  War,  enlisting  z6  Feb., 
1777,  as  a  private  for  the  term  of  the  war  in  Capt  Samuel 
Half s  company,  in  CoL  Philip  B.  Bradley's  5th  Regiment 
Connecdcttt  Line.  This  regiment  was  raised  for  the  ''Con- 
dnental  Line  "  of  '77  to  continue  through  the  war,  and  was 
recruited  largely  in  Fairfield  and  Litchfield  Counties, 
with  men  firom  all  parts  of  the  State.  His  length  of  ser- 
vice does  not  ^>pear  from  the  Connecticut  Rolls. 

Late  in  life  he  moved  up  into  New  York  Sute^-the 
Genesee  Country— and  is  said  to  have  lived  for  a  time 
in  Livingston  Coun^.  He  left  a  son  married  and  resid- 
ing at  Canaan,  Conn. 

Descendants  state  that  he  died  at  Genesee  or  Aurora, 
N.  Y.,  and  was  buried  by  the  Masons  of  Aurora,  but  the 
date  of  decease  is  not  known  xlo\  that  of  his  wife. 
141.    I.  Clardta*,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  s6  Sept,  1 763 ;  m.  at 
Canaan  in  1780,  Levi  Crittenden,  b.  at  Southington, 
Conn.,  38  Nov.,  1757,  the  seventh  child  of  Abraham 
and  Sarah  (Bamaby)  Crittenden.  He  was  a  fanner, 
and  they  resided  at  Richmond,  Mass.,  where  eleven 
children  were  bom  to  them,  ten  of  whom  lived  to 
adult  age  and  had  families. 

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Levi  Critteoden,  «t  the  age  of  liiMeii,weiitto  Ihe 
«t  Great  Baniogtoiiy  Biask  At  eigiiteeii  he  vohm- 
teered  hit  senrices  in  the  RevolutioDarj  anny,  and 
waa  in  the  battle  of  Bennington. 

Hia  wife  d.  atlUchmond,  3  Ang^  1836, a.  7a, and 
ta  buried  there.    He  d.  25  April,  1845. 
L  Lauka  CmnHDor,  b.  37  Jan.,  1781 ;   m.  9X 
Kichmond,  ICaaa.,  4  Jan.,  i8oa,  Nathan  Chapin, 
b.  Richmond,  10  May,  1778,300  of  David  and 
Lydia  (Cook)  Chapin.  He  ma  a  fimncr,  tan- 
ner, and  ahoemaker,  and  leaided  at  Richmond, 
wiieie  he  d.  a  April,  1846*    She  d. 
L  DAvm  CuRiMiXBii  CHam^  b.  13  Feb., 
1803 1  xBu  ;  d.  19  Sept,  1871. 

n.  Clakdu  CBanr,  b.  14  Dec,  1804 ;  d.  26 

Angi,  1805. 
m.  Sakah  BiaLr  CBAnr,  b.  19  Dec,  1808 ; 
m.  at  Ridunond,  7  May,  1833,  ^*  Ste- 
phen Reed*  R elided  at  Pittandd*  Hed* 
la  Joly,  1877.  Widow  waa  Hving  in  1898. 
nr.  Hoonr  William  Chapw,  b.  4  Oct,  1814. 
▼•  Chaslb  ALuar  CHAinr,  b.  13  May,  181 7. 
n.  Hoonr  CmmDiif,  b.  6  July,  178a ;  m. 

,  and  had  two  daaa.    He  d*  in  i8aa, 
a.  40,  and  ia  boried  at  Richmond,  Biaaa. 
m.  Clauna  CnRmDm,  b.  ao  Ang.,  1785. 
nr.SALur  Curimixbii,  b.  18  March,  1788;    at 

Samott  Noyea. 
▼.  Asmoau  CnimiiDEif,  b.  a8  Dec,  1790;  m. 
*   Aaa  Cone. «  Shed.  7  Nor.,  1840^  a.  50.  Had 
9  .  aon  Albeit  recently  living  in  Chicago. 

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VI.  I.KYI  CknTi:Nr>KNj).  23  April,  1793  ;  m.  i6  0c:l., 

1S16,  Mary  Hull,  ami  d.  at  White  I^ke,  Mtdu^ 
8  May,  1874. 

VII.  Alvin  CkriTKNUKN,  b.  4  June,  1 795  ;  m.  Mary 

Wadams.  He  d.  at  Oak  Shade,  Ohio,  in  1884. 
viiL  Nancy  Criitendkn,  b.  6  June,  1 797 ;  m.  James 
Flower.  She  d.  6  Nov.,  1832,  a.  35,  and  is 
buried  at  Richmond,  Mass.  Has  son,  Mar- 
shall C.  Flower,  recently  living  at  Lamoille,  111, 
IX.  Retsv  CKriTENDEN,  b.  6  Feb.,  1800;  d.  young. 

X.  AlOKZO    CimTKNDEN,    A.M.,  PH.D.,   b.    7    April, 

1801 ;  ra.  Mary  Warner,  He  grad.  Union  Col., 
Schenectady,  N.  Y. ;  principal  Albany  Female 
Academy ;  principal  Packer  Collegiate  Insti- 
tute, Brooklyn ;  d.  at  Brooklyn,  23  June,  1SS3. 
'  A  son,  Edward  W.,  is  a  lawyer  of  N.  V.  City. 
XI.  John  Crhtenden,  b.  29  Aug.,  1806;    m.  at 
Richmond,  14  April,  1829,   Betsy  Goodrich 
Plummer.    He  d.  at  Princeton,  111.,  1  July, 
1879..  ^^<I  ^xz^  daus.,  two  now  survive :  Mrs. 
J.  R.  Birge,  Cairo,  Hall  Co.,  Neb.,  and  Mrs, 
Ellen  C.  Dexter,  Columbia,  Tenn. 
-t- 142.    If.  John  Williams^,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  15  Aug.,  1765. 
143.  III.  Jaaies  Gatlif!--*,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  23  March,  1 767, 
No  further  record  of  him ;  may  have  d.  in  infancy. 
-f-144.  nr,  Oraaiel*,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  13  Dec,  1768. 

145.  v.  Erasti^*,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  12  April,  1770,    No 

further  record  of  him ;  may  have  d.  in  infancy. 

146.  VI.  Sarah*,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  29  Sept.,  1771 ;  m.  Reu- 

ben Wight ;  lived  in  Richmond,  Mass.  Had  two 
sons.  Fanning  and  Erastus,  and  dau.,  Sally  Maria, 
who  d.  at  Richmond,  15  March,  1798,  a.  10  mos. 
Late  in  life  removed  to  Oswego  Co.,  N.  Y. 

147.  VII.  Nancy*,  b,  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  26  Dec,  1776. 

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59.  JOHN^  FANNING,  b.  1717  or  1718,     (John\John\ 

in.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  14  April,  1740, 

Abigail  Minor, 
daii.  of  James  and  Abigail  (Eldridge)  Minor, 
and  b.  at  Taugwank,  town  of  Stonington,  Conn.,  i  Aug., 
1 7 14.  She  was  sister  of  Ann  Minor  who  m.  William  Plan- 
ning (No.  24).  James  Minor  was  of  the  third  .generation 
in  this  country,  and  b.  in  Nov.,  1682.  He  ra.  Abigail 
Kldridge,  22  Feb.,  1705.  He  was  s.  of  Ephraim  and 
Hannah  (Avery)  Minor,  and  Ephraim  was  s.  of  Thomas 
and  Grace  (Pahner)  Minor,  the  first  settler  of  the  name 
in  Connecticut. 

John  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Deborah  (Parke)  Fan- 
ning, was  born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  in  171 7  or  1718.  He 
was  a  farmer,  mill-owner,  ship-owner,  and  merchant,  and 
resided  at  Groton  and  at  Stonington,  Aftenvards  he  re- 
moved to  Walpole,  N.  H.,  and  later  to  Little  Egg  Har- 
bor, N.  J.,  where  he  followed  the  sea.  He  was  captured 
by  the  British  while  pri-  ^  / 
vateering,  and  was  con-  ^0^47  CZTI  * 
fined  on  board  the  Strom-   \J  ^y^^^^^^ft^ 

boli  Hospital  Ship,  where  l/ 

he  died  in  1 781,  and  was  $" 

buried  on  the  shores  of  Age  22  (1740)  ^^^\ 

the  Wallabout  \: 

His  wife  Abigail  died  27  Sept.,  1777. 
(For  complete  sketch  of  John  Fanning,  No.  59,  see 
Biographical  part  of  this  volume.) 

From  descendants  of  this  family  it  is  learned  that  John 
and  Abigail  (Minor)  Fanning  had  eight  children,  the  first 
seven  of  whom  arc  found  recorded  at  Groton. 

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Issue : 

X4S.     I.  AniCAii^^  b.  at  Grotoii,  Conn.,  26  Miirch,  1741  ; 
GrotoHy  y  Capt.  Ebenezer  Welilcn,  and 

rcniovcil  to  Chincotcaguc,  Va.,  where  he  d.  in  spring 
of  1783,  a.  42. 

I.  David  Wei.den,  a  sea-captain  who  d.  and  left  a 
widow  and  two  sons. 

II.  Edenezer  Welden,  a  pilot. 

III.  Jabez  Welden,  a  sea-captain  who  d.  and  left  an 

only  daughter. 

IV.  Skinner  Welden,  an  apprentice  in  Philadelphia. 

V.  Polly  WeLden,  m.  Capt.  Haley,  and  res.  near 

Norfolk,  Va.  He  d.  and  left  her  a  widow. 
149.  II.  Sarah*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  18  March,  1743 ;  m.  ist, 
at  Stonington,  Conn.,  14  Aug.,  1763,  Capt.  William 
Noycs  of  Stonington,  son  of  Thomas*  and  Marj' 
(Thompson)  Noyes  of  Westerly  R.  I.,  (Thomas', 
Rev.  James*,  Rev.  James*). 

Capt.  William  Noyes  was  lost  at  sea,  and  his  widow 
m.  2d,  Major  Ebenezer  Adams,  who  was  prominent 
in  the  capture  of  the  British  Gen.  Prescott  in  the 
Revolutionary  War.  He  was  b.  at  Charlestown,  R.I., 
removed  to  Richmond,  and  finally  settled  in  South 
Kingston,  R.  I.,  where  he  d.  in  1 799.  She  d.  at  Little 
Rest,  R.  I.,  in  1821,  a.  78. 

Issue  by  Capt.  William  Noyes: 
1.  Sarah  Noves,  b.  25  April,  1764. 

II.  William  Noves,  b.  i  7  May,  1 766. 

III.  Frederick  Noyes,  b.  30  May,  1 76S. 

IV.  Robert  Fanning  Noves,  b.  23  June,  1770. 
v.  Joshua  Noves,  b.  14  Aug.,  1772. 

Issue  by  Maj.  Ebenezer  Adams: 
I.  John  Ad.vms,  a  sea-captain  of  Newport ;  m.  Abby 

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11.  Sa-MUel  Adams,  m.  Card. 

III.  Patty  Adams,  m.  Samuel  Booth  or  Bentley,  and 

resided  near  Albany,  N.  Y. 

IV.  Fannixg  Adams,  m.  Ann  Caswell. 

V.  Nathan  Adams,  m.  Ann  Aldrich  and  lived  at 

Little  Rest,  R.  I. 
VI.  Ethan  Adams,   b.  about  17S6,  and  lived  at 
Charlestown,  R.  I. 
150.  III.  DEnoR.\H*,  b.  at  (iroton.  Conn.,  9  March,  1745  ;  m.  ist, 
at  Groton,  4  April,  1764,  Jabez  Backus  of  Norwich, 
son  of   Jabcz  and  Eunice   (Kinj^sbury)  Backus  of 
Bozrah,Conn.,  andb.there23  Jan.,1741-2.  He  d.  at 
Bozrah,  20  Feb.,  1770.    She  d.  at  Rochester,  N.  Y., 
in  Dec,  1S20,  a.  75  years. 
Issue  : 

I.  AzEL  Backus,  d.  d.,  b.  13  Oct.,  1765  ;  graduate 

of  Vale  College  in  17S7  ;  m.  Millie  Deming  of 

Wethersfield,  Conn.  He  was  the  first  president 

of  Hamilton  College,  N.Y.  He  d.  26  Oct.,  1816. 

II.  Jabez  Backus,  b.  10  May,  1769 ;  d.  9  May,  1770. 

Deborah  m.  2d,  25  March,  1 772,  William  Fish  and  had 


I.  Lvpia  Fish,  who  m.  Ebenezer  Whitney ;  res.  in 

J>rooklyn,  and  had  five  children. 

II.  Eliza  Fish,  who  m.  Daniel  Sheldon,  a  merchant 

at  Hartford,  and  had  two  children. 

III.  Fanny  Fish,  who  m.  Arnold  Gates  (or  Yates)  a 
^  a  ship  carpenter,  and  lived  near  Albany,  N.  Y. 

»    Had  one  dau.  Julia. 

IV.  Ix)dowick  Fish,  who  m.  Susan  Post  of  Norwich. 

^  carriage- maker. 

V.  Backus  Fish,  who  never  m.    A  cooper. 
VI.  Sydney  Fish,  b.  about  1787. 

VH.  Soi'HA  Fish,  b.  aljout  1789. 

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+  ISI- IV.  John*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  9  Nov.,  1746. 

+  152.  V.  Joshua*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  6  Sept.,  1748. 
153-  VI.  Simeon*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  21  Oct.,  1750.  He  never 
m.  and  d.  in  April,  1778.  He,  like  his  brothers, 
John  and  Joshua,  joined  the  navy  at  the  breaking  out 
of  the  Revolutionary  War,  in  which  he  entered  as  a 
midshipman.  The  Lucy  Fanning  Watson  ms.  gives 
the  lollowing  account  of  him : 

'' Simeon,  the  youngest  and  lost  son,  was  also  an 
officer  in  the  Navy.  He  died,  it  is  said,  at  Wilming- 
ton, North  Carolina,  by  drinking  cold  water  after 
excessive  fatigue  in  nmning  after  his  carriage  and 
horses  which  had  been  frightened  from  their  stand- 
ing place.  He  was  on  his  way  home  from  Charles- 
ton, where  he  arrived  in  March,  1 778,  as  commander 
of  the- tender  belonging  to  the  'Randolph.*  He  had 
with  him  very  considerable  money,  and  one  White 
of  Connecticut  as  a  companion.  This  person,  it  is 
said,  administered  on  his  estate.  Thus  ended  the 
melancholy  extinction  of  the  male  line."  ♦ 

154.  vir.  Thankful*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  19  Aug.,  1752  ;  m, 

at  Capt  Daniel  Cole,  and  res.  at  Little 

Egg  Harbor  (Batsto  Furnace),  N.  J.,  where  she  d. 
in  the  winter  of  1837. 

Issue :  Daniel,  William,  Josiah,  Abby,  Betsey  and 
Lucy  Cole. 

155.  VIII.  Lucy*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  27  Sept.,  1755  ;    m.  at 

Little  Egg  Harbor,  N.  J.,  31  Dec,  1772,  Capt.  WU- 
liam  Watson,  b.  at  Salem,  N.  J.,  20  Aug.,  1740.  His 
paternal  ancestor  is  said  to  have  been  Thomas  Wat- 
son, b.  in  Dublin,  Ireland,  and  who  settled  in  Salem, 
N.  J.  in  1667. 

•The  death  pf  Simeon  made  the  male  line  of  Simeon*,  John*,  John',  John\ 
EchnundS  extinct.  John*  and  Joshua*  (brothers  of  Simeon*),  vXaa  perished 
while  in  service  in  the  Navy  without  male  issue. 

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Cajit.  Willi.-un  Walson  res,  :it  Tattle  E^g  Harbor, 
N.  J.,  and  at  Philadelphia.  He  was  lost  at  sea,  with 
his  son  Wesley,  on  his  passage  home  from  New  Or- 
leans, 21  Jan.,  1804. 

Lucy  Fanning  Watson  was  the  author  of  a  ms. 
account  of  the  Fanning  Family,  and  which  is  spoken 
of  and  referred  to  in  this  work  as  "The  Lucy  Fan- 
ning WaLson  MS.    She  d.  at  German  town,  Pcnn.,  5 
June,  1S34,  a.  78,  and  is  buried  there. 
I.  William  Watsox,  b.  at  Little  Egg  Harbor,  N.  J., 
23  March,  1776;   d.  at  Germantown,  Penn., 
21  April,  1822. 
n.  John  Fannixc  Watson,  b.  at  Little  Egg  Harbor, 
N.  J.,  13  June,  1779 ;  m.  in  1812,  Phebe  Bar- 
ron Crowe!!,  dau.  of  Thomas  Crowell  of  Eliza- 
bcthtown,  N.  J.  Issue :  seven  ch.,  two  of  whom 
d.  in  infancy.    He  was  named  after  his  uncle, 
John  Fanning  (No.  151)- 

The  eldest  dau«,  Lavinia  Fanning  Watson, 
m.  Harrison  Whitman,  son  of  Chief  Justice 
Whitman  of  Maine.  She  died  in  Philadelphia 
in  1 90 1.  Selena  Watson,  the  second  dau.  m. 
Charles  Willing  of  Phila.  Myra  Watson  was 
the  third  dau.  The  eldest  son,  Dr.  Barron 
Crowell  Watson,  res.  at  Morristown,  N.  J.  He 
m.  Julia,  dau.  of  Hon.  William  Willis  of  Port- 
land, Me.  The  youngest  son  was  John  Howell 

John  Fanning  Watson  when,  a  young  man 
held  a  clerkship  in  the  War  Department  at 
Washington,  after  which  he  removed  to  New 
Orleans  in  1804,  where  he  was  commissary  of 
provisions  for  the  army  in  Louisiana  for  the 

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next  iwo  years.  The  tlealh  of  his  fullurr,  how- 
ever, iiKule  il  necessary  lo  reliirn  lo  J'hila.  to 
live,  where  lie  became  a  bookseller  and  pub- 
lisher on  Chestnut  street.  In  1814  he  was 
elected  cashier  of  the  Bank  of  Germantown 
on  its  organization,  and  held  the  office  for 
more  than  thirty-three  years.  He  resigned  in 
1 84  7  to  become  treasurer  and  secretary  of  the 
Philadelphia,  Germantown  and  Norristown 
Railroad  Co.,  which  position  he  held  until 
1857,  when  he  retired  from  all  active  business 
at  the  age  of  So. 

He  is  well  known  as  a  distinguished  annal- 
ist, and  a  local  historian.  lie  was  the  author 
of  "Annals  of  Philadelphia,"  "  History  of  New 
York,"  and  other  works. 

He  died  at  his  residence  in  Germantown, 
Penn.,  23  Dec,  1S60,  in  his  82d  year. 

His  wife  died  in  1859. 

(See  Memoir  of  John  Fanning  Watson,  by 
Benj.  Dorr,  d.  d.,  Phila,,  186 1.) 

III.  THOikiAS  Fanning  Watson,  b.  at  Little  Egg  Har- 

bor, N.  J.,  27  Oct.,  1782  ;  d.  20  July,  1783. 

IV.  Wesley  Minor  Wai-son,  b.  at  Phila.,  Penn.,  21 

'  April,  1785,  and  was  lost  at  sea  with  his  fa- 
ther, 21  Jan.,  1804. 

V.  AiiBY  Watson,  b.  at  Phila.,  Penn.,  i  Feb.,  1794, 

and  d.  27  July,  1795. 

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60.  THOMAS*  FANNING,  b.  1719,  (Johfi\John\ 


m.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  26  July,  1744. 

Elizabeth  Capron, 

dan.  of  Walter  and  Hope  (Whipple)  Capron, 
and  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  7  April,  1725. 

Walter  Capron,  son  of  Banfiekl  Capron  of  Barrington- 
and  Attleborough,  Mass.,  was  a  forgeman,  and  settled  in 
Groton,  Conn.,  where,  on  the  9th  of  July,  1733,  he  pur- 
chased of  2^chariah  Whipple,  a  farm  of  149  acres,  lying 
"partly  in  Norwich  and  partly  in  Groton,"  which  farm 
Zachariah  had  previously  bought  of  Samuel  Whipple  in 

Walter  Capron  m.  ist,  Hope,  dau.  of  Samuel  Whipple, 
anrl  had  Samuel,  Elkanah,  Elizabeth  (b.  7  April,  1725), 
Alice,  Sibil,  William  and  Sylvia,  all  of  whom  are  said  to 
have  grown  to  maturity  and  married  except  Elkanah,  who 
died  young. 

Walter  m,  2d,  at  Groton,  28  Oct.,  1739,  Hannah  Went- 
worth,  and  had  Hope,  Jared,  Giles  and  Simeon. 

Walter  Capron  d.  at  the  age  of  S4.  His  will  dated  15 
.Vpril,  1765,  proved  28  May,  1776,  is  on  file  at  Stoning- 
ton,  Conn.     His  estate  was  inventoried  at  ;^i,38i. 

Captain  Thomas  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Deborah 
(Parke)  Fanning,  and  great-grandson  of  Edmund,  the 
American  ancestor,  was  born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  in  1719. 
Losing  his  father  in  infancy,  he  was  placed  under  the 
^".lardianship  of  his  grandfather,  William  Parke  of  Preston, 
'i;y  the  Probate  Court  at  New  London,  25  July,  1722. 
Me  learned  the  trade  of  a  carpenter,  and  located  at  what 
is  now  Shewville,  where  he  purchased  a  farm,  and  built  a 
s.iw-mill.  He  held  many  town  offices,  and  was  prominent 
ill  local  affaii-s. 

Mc  was  appointed  lieutenant  of  the  5th  Company  of 
Militia  at  (iroton,  by  the  General  Assembly,  10  Oct., 

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1765,  and  captain  in  Oct,  1771.    He  opened  the  first 

recruiting  office  in  Connecticut  at  the  breaking  out  of  the 

Revolutionary  War,  and  was  afterwards  appointed  by  the 

Government  Though  he  did  not  serve  in  the  War,  being 

past  the  age  for  ser- 

vice,  he  took  a  great  KjJ  /^m„^  ^ .  ^  f"*^        t 

and  active  interest  ^ /urPtdf>  O^^^J(/lfft^ 

thcrein,and  sent  five  C^ 

of  his  six  sons.  The  Age  21  (1740) 

sixth  and  last  was  only  ten  years  old  at  that  time,  and  an 


He  d.  intestate  at  Groton,  15  Dec,  1787,  a.  68  (g.  s. 
says  in  68th  year). 

His  widow  d.  at  Groton,  27  April,  1810,  in  her  86th 

Both  are  .buried  at  Preston  Plains  Cemetery  (earlier 
known  as  the  Avery  Pond  Burying  Ground),  where  their 
headstones  still  remain. 

His  estate  was  settled  by  the  Probate  Court  at  Ston- 
ington,  where  the  will  of  his  widow,  Elizabeth,  is  also  on 
file.  ' 

They  had  nine  children  recorded  at  Groton.  The  first 
two  are  also  recorded  at  Preston,  The  dates  of  all  are 
confirmed  by  die  Fanning  Bible. 

(See  fiill  sketch  of  Captain  Thomas  Fanning  in  the 
Biographical  part  of  this  volume.) 
156.    1.  Katharine*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  9  June,  1745  ;  d.  9 
March,  1755. 
+  157.  n.  Walter*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  20  May,  1747. 
+  158.  m.  Charles*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  16  Dec,  1749. 

159.  IV.  Prudence*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  28  April,  1752  ;  m. 
at  Groton,  25  April,  1770,  Jabez  Tracy,  son  of  Na- 
thaniel Tracy,  a  school-teacher.  They  removed  from 

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Cunii.  lo  Mass.  In  lyy.*  llicy  were  Iivinijal(?lii-slir, 
Afiiss.,  (I IniiipshireCu.then  but  ihinqnleiiCu. now), 
later  they  removeil  to  and  settled  in  Rome,  Oneida 
Co.,  X.  Y.,  where  he  d.  before  3  May,  iSi  i.  Prudence 
d.  at  West  branch,  N.  Y.,  4  July,  1S39. 
Issue  : 
r.  Natiianmkl  Tracy,  b.  at  ;  ro.  Hannah 

Hinsdale  of  Bennington,  Vt.,  and  had  issue : 
I.  Chi%stkr  Fanning  Tr..vcy,  an  officer  in  the 
U.  S.  Army ;  d.  of  yellow  fever  and  was 
buried  from  shipboard  off  the  coast  of 
Florida.    Unmarried. 
11.  Janeitk  Tr/VCY,  m.  Edwin  Watson;   lived 
and  d.  in  Whitestown,  Oneida  Co.,  N.  Y. 
No  children. 
HI.  Hannah  Tracy,  id.  Thomas  G.Wright; 
lived  and  d.  in  Kendall  Co.,  111.     Had 
Chester  Fanning  AVright  and  five  daus.  : 
two  sur\-ive,  Annette  Styles,  now  resident 
ofVicnna,  Austria,  and  Clara  Wright  Gay- 
lord  of  Nevada  City.    One   son,  Tnicy 
Wright,  res.  in  Chicago. 

IV.  Si)i»HRONiA  Tracy. 

V.  Helen  Hinsixvle  Tracy,    m.  Nathaniel 

Peace  Barnard  and  had  twelve  children, 
five  of  whom  survive  :  Nathaniel  Peace 
IJamard,  Jr.,  attomey-at-law  at  Newark, 
111.;  Lucretia  Davisson  and  Nellie  M. 
Barnard,  both  res.  in  Chicago;  Lucy 
Eloise  Barnard  of  Los  Angeles,  Cal. ;  and 
Maude  Mirick  of  Detroit,  Mich. 
VI.  Son  who  d.  in  infancy. 
11.  William  Tracy. 

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III.  FkROKUfCK  Tracy,  b.  at  Chester,  Mass.,  24  July, 
1792;    in.  :il  Kume,  N.  y.,  12   March,  1816, 
Anna  Sophia  Williams,  clau.  of  John  Wilttanis, 
and  b.  at  I^yden,  Mass.,  24  Sept.,  1785.     He 
was  a  woolen  manufacturer,  and  res.  at  Rome 
and  Delia,  N.  Y.     Was  a  drummer-boy  in  the 
War  of  1S12.  Postmaster  at  Delta  at  one  time, 
and  a  justice  of  the  peace.  She  d.  at  Delta,  27 
April,  1864.   He  d.  at  Rome,  22  March,  1865, 
and  both  are  buried  at  Rome. 
Issue  : 
I.  Sarah  Fakning  Tracy,  b.  at  Rome,  N.  Y., 
23  March,  1817;    m.  at  Clinton,  N.  Y., 
21  March,  1839,  Robert  H.  Nicholas,  b. 
at  London,  Eng.,  21  Oct.,  1S16.   He  was 
a  merchant  at  Syracuse  and   Rochester, 
N.  Y.,  boot  and    shoe   manufacturer   at 
Chicago,  cashier  Bank  of  Abington,  Ab-  • 
ington,  Va.   He  d.  at  the  latter  place,  1 7 
July,  1892.  She  d.  15  Nov.,  1894.  Issue:  j 
Albert  Tracy,  Robert  F.,  Sarah  A.,  Fred-  • 
crick  C,  Jeannie  S.,  ra.  to  P'rank  J.  Bram- 
hall  and  res.  in  Chicago,  Louis  and  Ed- 
mund T.  Nicholas.  j 
II.  Katharine  Tracy,  b.  at  Benton,  Yates  Co., ! 

N.  Y.,  24  July,  1820 ;  d.  2  Aug.,  1824. 
ui.  Frederick  Ayer  Tracy,  b.  at  Benton,  Yates 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  19  Aug.,  1824.      A  physician  ' 
at  St.  Francis,  Kan. 
IV.  Cathauna  Tracy,  b.  at  Lee,  Oneida  Co., 
N.  Y.,  17  May,  1829 ;  m.  at  Delta,  N.  Y., 
16  July,  1855,  Edmund  Brewster,  and  res. 
at  Minneapolis,  Minn.    She  d.  in  March, 

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IV.  Catharine  Tracy,  m.  Hiram  Hinsdale    from 
whom  the  town  of  Hinsdale,  III.,  was  named. 
He  d.  soon  after,  it  is  thought  without  issue. 
+  160.  V.  THOMAS^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  22  May,  1755. 

161.  VI.  Hope',  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  14  Aug.,  1737;  m-  at 
Groton  27  June,  1782,  Elisha  Ayer,  son  of  Dea.  Jo- 
seph and  Thankful  (Deakc)  Ayer,  and  b.  16  Aug., 


Elisha  Ayer  was  a  wealthy  farmer.  His  farm  was 
located  in  the  north  of  Groton,  in  that  part  which  was 
in    1S36   set  off   to  y 

form  the  new  town     S^/<j/,  jr^  ^^^  ^^^ 
ofLedyard.   A  small    ^^X^^'^"'^    ^ 
portion  of  the  farm  ^^^  g^  (,g^,) 

extended  across  the 

line  into  Preston.  It  lies  about  seven  miles  southeast 
of  Norwich,  and  two  miles  f;om  Lantern  Hill,  and 
consists  of  a  little  over  three  hundred  acres,  two  hun- 
dred of  which  were  given  Elisha  by  his  father,  Dea. 

^  yj  Joseph  Ayer.       The 

/fjy(,^  Ly^^^^^    house  on  the  premises 

^  standing  to-day    was 

Age  84  (i8.|i)  built  by  Elisha  about 

1793.  The  one  erected  previous  to  this  stood  a  short 

distance  east  of  the  present  structure. 

Dea.  Joseph  Ayer,  b.  3  April,  1721,  father  of  Elisha 
owned  land  extending  from  the  Stonington  line  west- 
ward,  and  embraced  Elisha's  farm.  This  land  was 
bought  mostly  of  the  Parkes.  Joseph  gave  away  the 
greater  part  of  his  property  during  his  lifetime.  His 
father,  John,  b.  i638,  and  brother,  John,  b.  1 718,  were 
early  settlers  in  Stonington  and  Groton,  and  owned 
large  tracts  of  land  there.  They  descended  from  John 

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Ayer  of  Ipswich,  Newbaiy  and  Haverhill,  Mass.,  who 
is  said  to  have  been  the  first  of  the  name  in  this 

Joseph  Ayer'i  sifnature  in  1814  at  the  age  of  93 

Elisha  Ayer  and  wife  Hope  (Fanning)  lived  in  the 
Ayer  house  which  is  now  standing,  and  both  died 
there,  she  5  Feb.,  1847,  he  20  June,  1S53.  She  was 
in  her  ninetieth  year  and  he  in  his  ninety-sixth.  Both 
lie  in  the  Ayer  Burying  Ground  at  North  Stonington. 

At  his  death  Elisha  willed  the  Ayer  farm  to  his  son 
George.  His  daughter  Lydia  then  bought  it,  and  at 
her  death  the  farm  descended  to  her  daughter,  Grace 
Peckham,  who  sold  it  to  Lafayette  Main  about  the 
year  1 90 1.  The  house  is  now  (1902)  occupied  by 
Thomas  Norman.  Elisha  Ayer  also  willed  his  eighty- 
two  acre  farm  lying  westerly  of  his  home  place  to  his 
daughters  Hope  and  Mary  Ann.  The  old  Fanning 
farm  at  Shewville,  which  he  owned,  he  willed  to  his 
son  Frederick's  children.  He  also  owned  the  Fanning  i 
mill  there.  A  house  in  Poquctanuck  he  gave  to  his 
son  Frederick. 

Elisha  and  Hope  (Fanning)  Ayer  had  eight  child- 
ren,  all  born  at  Groton,  Conn. 

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Issue  : 

I.  Clakina  Aykk,  b.  23  Feb.,  17S3;  ni.  ist  at 
Groton,  Conn.,  Capt.  William  Halscy  of  Pres- 
ton. They  res.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  and 
later  at  Poiiiietanuck,  Conn.  He  Poque- 
tanuck,  leaving  issue  Sally,  who  d.  young.  She 
m.  2d,  at  Groton,  28  May,  18 12,  John  Avery 
of  Griswold,  Conn.,  where  they  res.,  and  where 
shed,  23  Oct.,  1822.     Issue: 

I.  John  Watson  Avery,  b.  24  Feb.,  18 13. 

II.  Susan  Avery,  b.  30  Sept.,  18 14. 

III.  William  Pht  Avery,  b.  2  Oct.,  1816. 

IV.  Henry  Avery,  b.  20  Dec,  1818. 

V.  JosEi'H  Aver  Avery,  b.  12  Nov.,  1820. 
n.  Fanny  Ayer,  b.  19  Nov.,  17S4  ;  m.  at  Groton, 
Conn.,  Jeremiah  Shipley  Halsey  of  Preston, 
son  of  Col.  Jeremiah  Halsey  of  that  town,  a 
noted  lawyer  of  his  time.  They  res.  at  Pres- 
ton, where  she  d.  20  Jan.,  181 7.  He  d.  at 
Norwich,  Conn.,  12  Sept.,  1855,  They  had 
ch.  as  follows :  Caroline  and  William,  both  of 
whom  d.  in  infancy. 

He  m.  2d,  Sally  Brewster,  and  lived  at  Po- 
quetanuck.  Conn.,  and  had  issue  one  son, 
Jeremiah  and  two  daus.,  Fanny  A.  and  Sally  B. 
III.  Elisha  Ayer,  b.  8  Dec,  1 786 ;  m.  at  Groton, 
Conn.,  10  Feb.,  1822,  Sarah  Williams  of  Gro- 
ton, dau.  of  William  and  Prudence  Stanton 
(Fanning)  Williams,  and  res.  at  Northampton, 
Mass.,  where  slie  d.  t  Jan.,  1844  and  is  buried. 
He  d.  at  Ledyard,  Conn.,  3  Nov.,  1867,  *"^ 
is  buried  in  the  Ayer  Burying  Ground  at  North 

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Issue,  Three  Chihfren: 
1.  EiJsiiA  AvKK,  b.  19  Dec,  1826;    in.  at 
Ledyard,  Conn.,  20  Oct-,  1863,  Delia 
Stoddard  of  that  town.     Tliey  res.  at 
Norwich,  and  have  issue  one  son,  James 
Guy  Ayer,  unm.  and  res.  at  Norwich. 
11.  HoPF.  Ayer,  b.  13  June,  1830;     m.  at 
Ledyard,  Conn.,  27  Dec,  1855,  Lafay- 
ette H.  Griswold.   They  res.  at  Groton, 
and  have  issue  Sarah  Adelaide  Griswold, 
m.  to   Edward  Eugene  Spicer;  James 
Ayer  Griswold,  who  d.  in  infancy ;  and 
Fannie  Elizabeth  Griswold,  unm.  and 
res.  at  Groton. 
HI.  Sarah  Ann  Ayer,  b.  4  Jan.,  1832  ;  d.  unm. 
at  Norwich,  19  March,  18S0,  and  is  bur- 
ied in  the  Ayer  Burying  Ground,  North 
lY.  Hope  Ayer,  b.  19  Nov.,  1789.  She  lived  on  the 
Ayer  Farm  at  Groton,  where  she  d.  unm.,  3 
March,  i86z,  and  is  bur.  in  the  Ayer  Burying 
Ground  at  North  Stonington. 
V,  Frederick  Ayer,  b.  14  Aug.,  1 792 ;  m.  at  Pres- 
ton, Conn.,  9  June,  1817,  Persis  Cook,  dau. 
of  Capt.  James  and  Persis  (Herrick)  Cook, 
and  res.  at  Groton,  at  what  was  later  known  as 
Ayer's  Mills,  and  now  Shewville.  He  d.  there 
2Z  Dec,  1825,  and  is  bur.  at  Preston.    She 
m.  2d,  Ripley  Parke,  and  lived  at  Jewett  City, 
and  later  in  New  York  State,  where  he  d.  She 
d.  at  Lowell,  Mass.,  in  1881.  Bur.  at  Preston. 
Frederick  Ayer's  early  life  was  spent  on  his 
father's  farm.     On  the  i6th  of  Nov.,  1814, 

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he  was  commissioned  sergeant  in  the  8th  Reg- 
iment Connecticut  Infantry,  Lieut.  Col.  Wil- 
liam Belcher,  commanding.  About  the  year 
xS  14  or  '15  he,  with  his  brother  Elisha,  who 
had  lately  returned  from  Spain,  removed  to 
Ayer's  Mills  on  the  Poquetanuck  River.  A 
saw-mill  stood  there  known  as  Fanning's 
Mill,  formerly  owned  and  operated  by  Capt. 
Thomas  Fanning,  grandfather  of  Elisha  and 
Frederick  Ayer.  The  works  were  enlarged,  and 
comprised  a  saw-milJ,  grist-mill,  blacksmith's 
shop,  and  clothier's  works.  In  181 7  Frederick 
married  Persis  Cook  of  Preston,  by  whom  he 
had  five  children.  About  1S21  he  and  his 
brother  dissolved  partnership,  Elisha  going  to 
Northampton,  Mass.,  and  Frederick  remain- 
ing at  the  Mills,  where  he  died  in  1825. 
Issue^  born  at  Groton^  Cotitu: 

I.  Frederick  Ayer,  b.  ;  d.  young. 

II.  James  Cook  Ayer,  b.  5  May,  1819 ;  m.  at 

Lowell,  Mass.,  14  Nov.,  1850,  Josephine 
Mellen  Southwick,  dau.  of  Royal  and 
Direxa  (Claflin)  Southwick,  and  b.  in 
Medway,  Mass.,  15  Dec,  1827.  They 
res.  in  Lowell.  Dr.  Ayer  was  the  pioneer 
manufacturer  of  patent  medicines  on  a 
large  scale  in  this  country,  and  was 
widely  known  here  and  abroad.  He  d. 
3  July,  1878.  His  widow  res.  in  Paris, 
France,  many  years,  and  d.  there  3  Jan., 
1898.  Both  bur.  in  LowelL 
(See  Biographical  part  of  this  volume  for  full 
sketch  of  Dr.  Ayer.) 

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Issue f  Three  Children: 

I.  Frederick  Fanning  Aver,  b.  at 

Lowell,  Mass.,  12  Sept.,  1851; 
A.  B.  Harvard  1873.,;  unm.,  and 
res.  at  5  West  5  7  th  St.,  New  York 

II.  Henry  Southwick  Ayer,  b.  at  Low- 

ell, Mass.,  16  May,  1853  ;   unm. 

III.  Lesley  Josephixe  Aver,  b.  at  Low- 

ell, Mass.,  20  July,  1855  ;  m.  at 
New  York  City,  Capt.  Frederick 
Pearson  of  the  U.  S.  Navy.  He  d. 
in  New  York  City,  where  his  widow 
now  res.  with  their  four  children. 

III.  Fannv  Aver,  b.  25  Oqt.,  1S20 ;    d.  23 

Nov.,  1835. 

IV.  Frederick  Ayer,  b.  8  Dec,  1822  ;  m.  ist, 

at  Syracuse,  N.  Y.,  15  Dec,  1858,  Cor- 
nelia Wheaton,  dau.  of  Charles  A.  and 
Ellen   (Birdsey)   Wheaton,  and   b.  at 
Pompey  Hill,  N.  Y.,  20  June,  1835. 
Issue ^  Four  Children  : 

1.  Ellen  Wheaton  Ayer,  b.  28  Nov., 
1859 ;  m.  William  Madison  Wood, 
and  res.  at  Andover,  Mass. 
II.  Ja&ies  Cook  Ayer,  2d,  b.  13  Oct., 
1862 ;  unm.,  and  res.  N.  Y.  City, 
m.  Charles  Fanning  Ayer,  b.  22  Nov., 
1865 ;  unm.,  and  res.  at  Boston. 

IV.  Louise  Raynor  Ayer,  b.  17  Jan., 

1876;  ra.  3  Sept.,  1900,  Donald 

Gordon,  and  res.  at  Cambridge. 

Mrs.  Ayer  d.  at  Lowell  where  they  res., 

9  Jan.,  1878,  and  Frederick  Ayer  m.  2d 

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:U  St.  raiil,  Minn.,  15  July,  i.S,S.|,  KHeii 
Banning  of  St.  Paul,  dau.  of  William 
Lowber  and  Mary  (Sweeny)  Banning. 
Frederick  Ayer  was  for  some  years  active 
head  of  the  J.  C.  Ayer  Co.,  Lowell ;  now 
president  of  the  American  Woolen  Co., 
a  cor]>oration  with  :>50,ooo,ooo  capital ; 
is  director  of  the  Elevated  Railway  of 
Boston  and  of  several  other  large  cor- 
porations. Res.  at  395  Commonwealth 
Ave.,  Boston. 

Issue : 

I.  Beatrice  Banning  Ayer,  b.  1 2,  Jan., 


II.  Frederick  Aver,  b.  7  May,  188S. 

III.  Mary  Kvtharine  Ayer,  b.  3  Sept., 


V.  LoviSA  Ayer,  b.  24  Dec,    1825  ;    m.  at 

Skaneateles,  N.  Y.,  27  May,  1S46,  Ardcn 

Moflfitt,  and  res.  in  Creston,  Cromwell 

Co.,  Iowa,  where  she  d.  16  Jan.,  1901. 

Issue:  five  children. 

VI.  George  Ayer,  b.  la  Feb.,  1796;    m.  ist,  at 

Stonington,   Conn.,    16   May,    1S31,   Almira 

Wealthy  Avery  of  Stonington,  dau.  of  Stephen 

and  Elizabeth  (Morgan)  Avery.  They  res.  at 

Groton,  and  had  issue  George  Ayer  who  d.  at 

age  of  18  years.    She  d.  at  Groton  30  Nov., 

^^ZSf  ^^d  is  bur.  in  the  Ayer  Burying  Ground. 

He  m.  2d,  at  LedyaYd,  Conn.,  in  May,  1839, 

Julia  Ann  Stoddard,  dau.  of  Ebcnezer  and 

I^ydia  (Williams)  Stoddard,  and  res.  on  the 

Ayer  farm  at  Groton.     She  d.  there  23  July, 

1854.  He  d.  at  Ledyard,  23  Feb.,  1891.  Both 

bur.  in  the  Ayer  Burying  Ground. 

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Issue  by  secofhi  wi/^  : 
1.  AuiiKA  Aykk,  b.  17  May,  1840. 
II.  Fanny  Aver,  b.  14  May,  1841;    d.   21 
May,  i88u 

III.  Lydia  Ayer,  b.  37  May,  1843 ;  d.  13  May, 


IV.  JuuA  Aykr,  b.  19  April,  1854. 

vn.  LoviSA  Aykr,  b.  9  Sept.,  1799;  m.  at  Groton, 
Conn.,  19  April,  1820,  James  Cook  of  Pres- 
ton, Conn.     They  res.  at  Lowell,  Mass.,  of 
which  city  he  served  as  mayor,  and  where  he 
d.  10  April,  1884,  and  she  d.  25  April,  1891. 
They  had  five  ch.,  all  of  whom  d.  in  infancy, 
vni.  Mary  Ann  Aver,  b.  20  April,  1802.    She  res. 
at  the  Ayer  farm  in  Conn.,  and  later  in  Lowell, 
Mass.,  where  she  d.  unm.,  7  Oct.,  18S9. 
+  162.  vii.  Fredf.rick',  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  xi  Feb.,  1760. 
+  163.  vm.  Elkanah*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  17  Oct.,  1762. 
164.    IX.  Elisha*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  18  June,  1765.    He 
never  ra.   Was  an  invalid  and  res.  with  his  mother 
until  her  death,  when  he  went  to  live  with  his  brother 
Thomas  in  Norwich  and  res.  there  until  his  death 
2  7  Feb.,  X  829,  in  the  64th  year  of  his  age.  Interred 
in  the  family  lot  in  the  old  Norwich  City  Cemetery. 
His  estate  was  inventoried,  27  April,  1829,  ad- 
dition to  inventory,  X4  Oct.,  1829,  and  its  dis- 
tribution to  his  brothers  and  sisters  was  recorded 
at  Norwich,  22  Dec,  X829. 

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65.  WILLIAM*  FANNING,  b.  about  1741, 
Edmitnd^^  Edmund'^^  Edmund^) 
m.  at 


dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

William  Fanning,  s.  of  William  and  Ann  (Minor)  Fan- 
ning of  Groton,  Conn.,  was  born  there  about  1741. 

He  inherited  in  1 76S  from  his  grandfather,  Edmund 
Fanning  (No.  10),  150  acres  of  the  old  Fanning  farm  at 
Groton,  his  brother  James  inheriting  a  like  number  of 
acres  at  the  same  time.  William's  'and  bordered  James's 
on  the  north,  and  included  the  old  Fanning  Burying 
Ground.  Traces  of  two  houses  are  found  on  this  tract 
one  called  the  "Tenty"  Fish  house,  southeast  of  the 
Burying  Ground,  and  the  other  in  the  middle  of  the  farm. 
The  cellar-hole  to  the  latter  is  plainly  visible.  This  house 
was  owned  and  occupied  in  1787  by  Samuel  Williams,  2d, 

Arc  28(1769) 

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and  lay  73  rods  north  of  the  Barnes  house,  and  probably 
was  William  Fanning's  residence.  (See  Map  in  another 
part  of  this  volume  showing  a  complete  survey  of  thisfitfm.) 
William  was  one  of  the  executors  of  his  grandfather's 
will  in  1768,  and  administrator  of  his  brother  James's 
estate  in  1769.  He  sold  70  acres  of  the  westerly  portion 
of  his  farm,  10  May,  1776,  for  ^^165-6-11,  and  100  acres, 
15  March,  1777,  for^sSO-»-3»  to  Samuel  Williams,  3d.* 
In  the  latter  deed  he  reserved  "  the  Burying  place  on  the 
premises  containing  J^  of  an  acre,  also  the  dwelling  house 
where  Ambrose  Fish  now  lives,  and  one  half  of  the  grist- 
mill which  belongs  to  said  Fish." 

There  is  no  trace  of  William  Fanning  after  this  date 
and  he  probably  removed  to  some  other  place.f  A  William 
FanningrShoemaker,  is  mentioned  in  an  old  account  book 
of  Joseph  A.  Gallup  of  Ledyard.  Whether  be  was  William  i 
Fanning,  No.  65,  is  undetermined.  | 

Issue:  j 

165.  r.  EdmUxVd*,  b.  at{  (No  further  record.) 

*Groton  Deeds,  Book  viii^  pp.  69  and  158. 

t  A  William  Fanning  was  of  Whitcstclfi^;  Montgomery  Co.,  N.  V.,  in  1789, 
and  of  Schuyler,  Herkimer  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  1797,  who  appeara  to  have  had  a 
son  Edmund,  lx>rn  1760  to  1770,  who  married  Mercy  Corp,  and  resided  at 
Boonville,  Oneida  Co.,  N.  Y.,  dying  there  in  Sept.,  1835.  Edmund  had  elcTen 
children,  some  of  whom  lived  and  died  at  Boonville.  Whether  this  William 
was  No.  65  has  not  been  ascertained,  bat  it  is  not  at  all  improbable,  axid  the 
Author  is  inclined  to  this  belief. 

X  Among  the  original  papers  at  Stonington,  in  William  Fanning's  settle- 
ment of  his  administration  of  his  brother  James's  estate  in  1769,  is  this  item; 
*'To  £^  being  for  one  half  horse,  by  agreement  with  James  Fanning  as  given 
Edmund  Fanning,  son  (0  IVm.  by  Eilmuud  deceased."  This  is  the  only 
record  of  any  children  of  William  Fanning,  No.  65.  See  also  note  under 
\Ytlliam  Fanning,  No.  24,  page  119 

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66.  GEORGE*  FANNING,  h.  aluml  17.13,         (m//t\iM\ 
EdmunU^^  Eiimiiiul'^^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1770. 

Eunice  Barnes, 
dan.  of  Asa  and  {  )  Barnes, 

and  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  27  March,  1748. 

George  Fanning,  son  of  William  and. Ann  (Minor) 
Fanning,  was  bom  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1743.  He 
was  a  farmer,  and  resided  on  the  old  Fanning  farm,  near 
Lantern  Hill,  all  his  lifetime.  His  brothers,  William  and 
James,  had  inherited  by  will  in  176S  all  the  lands  in 
Groton  of  their  grandfather,  Edmund  Fanning,  which 
included  the  greater  portion  of  the  original  Fanning 
homestead  in  that  town.  James's  portion  was  the  southern 
part,  and  included  the  okUiiansion  house.  James  died, 
however,  in  1 769,  intestate,  and  without  issue,  and  his 
portion  of  the  farm,  which  was  100  acres,  was  distributed 
to  his  brothers  and  sisters  by  freeholders  appointed  by 
the  Court.  George  Fanning  received  as  his  portion,  21 
April,  1769,  a  twelve  acre  lot,  with  the  mansion  house 
thereon,  (excepting  such  rights  in  the  dwelling  house  as 
were  set  out  to  Edmund's  widow).  George  afterwards 
purchased  of  his  brother  Roger,  26  April,  1771,  his  thir- 
teen acre  lot  adjoining  on  the  east. 

He  continued  to  reside  on  this  portion  of  the  home- 
stead  until  28  Feb.,  1775,  when  he  sold  out  his  25  or  30 
acres,  with  the  buildings  and  mansion  thereon,  to  Ezra 
Barnes  of  Groton.  The  old  building  was  torn  down  soon 
after,  and  the  present  structure  erecled,  which  is  to-day 
known  as  the  Barnes  house.  This  building  is  a  little 
northeast  of  the  original  site,  and  has  in  its  kitchen  the 
original  ovens  that  were  in  the  old  building,  and  one  or 
two  of  the  old  doors.  Directly  south  of  the  house  a  few 
rods  is  the  old  well,  and  northeasterly  is  the  old  corn  crib. 

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(See  photogravure  of  the  Karnes  house  in  another  part 
iii  this  vuhiiiic.) 

No  record  appears  of  George  Fanning's  service  in  the 
Continental  army  during  the  Revolutionary  War,  and  he 
probably  did  not  serve,  as  his  death  occurred  in  less  than 
a  year  after  the  opening  of  hostilities. 

George  Fanning  died  intestate  at  Groton  early  in  1776. 
His  inventory  was  taken  3  April,  that  year,  at  ;^i  20-1 8- 
10,  and  mentioned  no  land  or  buildings.  He  was  buried 
near  the  Main  Burying  Ground,  so  called,  southeast  of 
Leeds  Main's  house  (now,  1902,  occupied  by  Miss  Lura 
Main),  and  sometimes  called  the  Fish  Burying  Ground. 
No  headstone,  however,  was  erected,  and  the  grave  can- 
not now  be  distinguished  among  a  dozen  others  there. 
AVhen  his  wid-        .^-^  ^ 

ow  died  an  ef-  /^^  ^     C^^^     ,^. 

fort  was  made  L/^jC^^C  iT/Z^l/Z^^^f 
to  establish  the    /J  A  ^ 

location  of  his  ^ 

grave,butwith-  Age  26  (1769) 

out  success.  The  widow  died  at  Groton,  21  Aug.,  1829, 
in  her  82d  year,  at  the  house  of  her  son  James,  (the 
present  Lyman  Latham  house),  and  is  buried  at  Sand  Hill 
Burying  Ground  in  Ledyard,  where  her  headstone  still 

Issue  ^  recorded  at  Groton: 
166.  I.  Eunice*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  7  April,  1771 ;    m.  at 
John  Dewey  of  Preston,  Conn.,  b.  in 


Issue^  all  bom  at  Preston^  Conn. : 

I.  Hannah  Dewey,  b.  ;  m. 

a  Warren  of  Athens  Co.,  Ohio. 

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198  History  oftlu  Fanning  Family 

II.  John  Dewey,  b.  1799 1  ^a*  ^^^^ 

d.  at  Preston,  6  May,  1S64,  and  left  a  dau.,  Mrs. 
Marilla  Buell,  now  living  at  Westchester,  Conn. 

III.  WiLUAM  Dewey,  b.  •    Was  a  sailor, 

and  was  drowned  at  sea. 

IV.  Lemuel  Dewey,  b. 

V.  George  Dewey,  b. 

VI.  Nancy  Dewey,  b.  ;  m.  a  Myers  and 

lived  in  Ohio. 

VII.  Charles  Dewey,  b.  ;  m.  at  Preston, 

S  Sept.,  1824, 

vin.  F.VXNY  Dewey,  b.  15  Feb.,  1810;  m.  ist,  Buck- 
ley Buell ;  2d,  Anthony  Palmer.  She  lived  in 
Portland,  Conn.,  and  was  bur.  in  Westchester, 
Conn.    She  and  Lydia  were  twins. 

IX.  Lydia  Dewey,  b.  ,  iSio;  m.  at 

Joshua  Barstow,  and  lived  in  Ohio.    She  and 
Fanny  were  twins. 

X.  EujAH  Dewey,  b.  4  Jan.,  181 2 ;  m,  at  Preston, 

Conn.,  5  April,  1 833,  Harvey  of  that  town, 

dau.  of  Capt.  Joseph  Harvey.    Elijah  d.  there, 
27  Sept.,  1869. 
XI.  D.\UGHi*ER,  b.  4  Jan.,  1S12 ;  d.  in  infancy.    She 
and  Elijah  were  twins. 
John  Dewey,  senior,  d*  at  Poquetanuck,  Conn.,  25 
May,  1848.    Eunice  d.  there  14  March,  1849. 
+  167.  11,  James*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  5  July,  177a, 
16S.  III.  KrrvRAH*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  4  Aug.,  1776;  m.  a 
Randall,  an:!  removed  to  Long  Island. 

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68.  ROGER*  FANNING,  b.  about  1749,  (  WiUiam^ 

Edmufid^^  Edtnund^^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  GrotoD,  Conn.,  about  1771, 

Prudence  Stantoxii 
dau.  of  John  and  Prudence  (Chesebrough)  Stanton,  who^ 
res.  on  ''Pumpkin  Hill/'  Groton  (now  Ledyard),  and  b, 
there,  7  Nov.,  1754.  Prudence  was  sister  to  Capt.  Amos 
Stanton,  who  was  killed  at  Fort  Griswold,  6  Sept.,  1781. 
Paternally  she  descended  from  the  famous  Indian  fighter, 
Capt.  George  Denison,  and  from  Thomas  Stanton,  the 
interpreter.  Maternally  it  is  claimed  that  she  descended 
from  John  Alden  of  the  Mayflower,  through  his  son,  David 
Alden,  who  married  Mary  Southworth. 

Capt.  Roger  Fanning  was  born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about 
1749.  He  was  a  minor  of  more  than  fourteen  years  of 
age  when  his  brother,  James  Fanning  (No.  64)  of  Gro- 
ton, was  appointed  his  guardian,  i  Dec,  1767.  Roger 
learned  the  trade  of  a  shipwright.  Afterwards  he  actively 
followed  the  sea  and  became  a  sea  captain. 

Roger  Fanning  inherited  from  his  brother  James,  21 
April,  1769,  13  acres  of  the  old  Fanning  farm  at  Groton, 
which  was  part  of  the  original  grant  to  Edmund  Fanning, 
Sr.,  in  1664.  This  lot  Roger  sold  to  his  brother  George, 
26  April,  177X.  He  also  owned  4J4  acres  covering  the 
locality  where  the  Seth  Williams  house  now  stands,  and 
extending  northeasterly  across  the  highway,  and  which 
was  also  a  part  of  the  ancestral  tract.  This  lot  he  bought 
of  his  sister  Freelove,  11  March,  1773,  and  he  sold  it,  17 
Aug.,  1774,  to  Samuel  Williams  3d.  On  this  lot  he  cvi- 
dendy  built  his  dwelling  house,  and  resided  there  for  a 
brief  period. 

At  the  outbreak  of  the  Revolutionary  War  Capt.  Roger 
Fanning  espoused  the  cause  of  the  American  Colonics. 
On  the  30lh  of  May,  1776,  he  was  appointed  carpenter 

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of  llic  ••Sliark/'  a  n>w  galley  hiiilt  al  Norwith.  She  was 
inaniictt  by  a  crew  of  fil'ly  men  incliuling  oHiccrs,  atui 
carried  two  cannon,  a  nine-  and  six-poundcr,  besides 
small  arms,  lances,  poles,  and  other  weapons  of  war. 
During  1776  the  Shark,  with  two  other  galleys  built  in 
Connecticut,  was  ordered  to  New  York  City.  Her  first 
commander  was  Theophilus  Stanton,  but  when  ordered 
to  active  service,  Capt.  Roger  Fanning  was  appointed  to 
the  command.  The  vessel  was  in  operations  on  the  North 

On  the  13th  of  Feb.,  1777,  he  sent  in  his  accounts  as 
co'.nmander  of  the  Shark,  from  the  29th  of  Oct.  to  the 
iSth  of  Dec,  1 776,  and  as  keeper  from  the  18th  of  Dec., 
1776  to  the  15th  of  Feb.,  1777,  which  together  with  his 
account  for  rations  amounted  to  ;^22-ii-i.  The  whole 
amount  was  allowed  on  the  26tli  of  March,  1777.*  The 
Shark  being  captured  by  the  British,  during  the  follow- 
ing summer,  Capt.  Roger  Fanning  is  supposed  to  have 
returned  to  Groton,  where  he  died  about  April,  1779.  The 
inventory  of  his  estate  was  taken  at  Groton,  3  May,  1 779, 
by  John  Morgan  and  Christopner  Morgan,  and  amounted 
to  ;^9  2-9-0.  On  the  ist  of  June  of  that  year  the  Pro- 
bate Court  at  Stonington  appointed  Prudence  Fanning, 
his  widow,  administratrix  of  his  estate.  That  being  re- 
ported insolvent,  the  Court  appointed  commissioners,  Col. 
Nathan  Gallup  and  Capt.  Stephen  Billings,  7  Sept.,  1 779, 
to  examine  claims  of  creditors,  which  they  did  and  made 
report,  19  Oct.,  that  the  estate  was  insolvent. 

After  Roger's  death  Prudence  married  second,  Capt. 
William  Williams  4th,  born  at  Groton,  17  Feb.,  174c. 
They  resided  in  that  part  of  the  town  afterwards  called 
Ledyard,  and  in  the  house  sittiated  on  what  is  now  the 
town  farm.      He  was  in  the   Revolutionary  army,  was 

*  Viie  Cojinecticul  rrinted  Records,  Vol.  1.,  1776-177S,  p.  201. 

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20 1 

lieut.  in  Capt.  Morgan's  company  in  the  Eighth  Conn. 
Kcgtincnt,  was  wounded^  tnca|KiciUitc(I  and    honorably 

Age  20(1769) 

discharged,  and  returned  to  his  home  in  Groton.  He  was 
commissioned  captain  in  1781.  He  d.  x8  Nov.,  1814, 
aged  74  years.  Prudence  d.  23  Sept.,  1825,  in  her  71st 
yean  Both  buried  in  the  Williams  Burying  Ground  on 
**  Cider  Hill,"  Ledyard;  headstones  now  standing. 

Capt.  William  Williams  had  an  eldest  son,  William,  Jr., 
b,  13  Oct.,  17S0;  also  son  Erastus  Williams,  b.  16  Sept., 
X785,  who  served  in  the  War  of  181 2,  and  was  at  the 
bombardment  of  Stonington,  10  Aug.,  18 14,  and  whose 
daughter,  Lydia,  m.  William  Fish  of  Mystic,  Conn.    She 
d.  8  Oct.,  1896,  and  left  Mary  Fish  Wolfe,  now  living  at 
West  Mystic.    Capt.  William  Williams  also  had  a  daugh- 
ter, Sarah,  b.  6  Nov.,  1790,  who  m.  Eiisha  Ayer,  Jr.,  and 
was  the  mother  of  Hope  Ayer  who  m.  Lafayette  Hamil- 
ton Griswold  now  residing  at  Groton. 
Issue  by  Roger  Fanning: 
169. 1.  FREELOVE',b.  at  Groton, Conn.,  about  1773 ;  m.  at  North 
Groton,  Eiisha  Williams,  younger  brother  of  William 
Williams,  who  m.  Prudence  Stanton  Fanning.    He  was 
a  lawyer  and  lived  in  North  Groton,  where  he  d.  i  Sept., 
1809,  a.  63;  buried  in  the  Williams  Burying  Ground. 
After  his  death  Freelove  went  to  live  with  her  son  Eiisha 
in  Penn.  but  later  returned  to  North  Groton.    She  d. 
at  Mrs.  Bathsheba  Stanton's  in  Lcdyard,  in  Feb.,  1839, 

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a.  (id  years,  and  was  buried  in  the  Williams  Burying 
Ground.    She  was  a  nurse  by  profession. 
I.  Hannah  Williams,  lived  at  Groton  and  later  with 
her  brother  Elisha  in  Penn.,  where  she  d.  unm. 

II.  Elisha  Williams,  went  to  Penn.  and  d.  there. 

III.  Prudence  Williams,  removed  to    Buck    Run, 

/Vdams  Co.,  Ohio,  where  she  m.  N.  S.  Amy. 

IV.  Amos  A.  Williams,  lived  in  Ohio,  probably  at  Buck 

Run  ;  was  a  builder ;  also  high  sheriff. 

V.  Whitman  Williams,  lived  in  Ohio. 

VI.  Mercy  Williams,   m.  Capt.  Richard  Burnet   of 
Groton,  where  she  d.   Bur.  in  Williams  B.  G. 
There  were  perhaps  Alden  and  John  in  addition 
to  above,  and  the  list  may  not  be  in  order. 
170.  II.  Cassandra^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  1775  \    ^»  ^^ 
North  Groton,  24  Feb.,  1793,  Benajah'  Cook  of  Pres- 
ton, b.  19  Dec,  1759  (John*,  John',  Stephen^  Greg- 
ory*).   They  removed  to  Harlem,  Delaware  Co.,  O. 
Issue : 

I.  Bknajah  Stanton  Cook,  b.  4  Aug.,  1 794  ;  lived 

at  Harlem,  O.,  and  had  a  large  family,  and  2d  w. 

II.  Cassandra  Cook,  m.  Dr.  George  Converse  and 

lived  at  Georgesville,  Franklin  Co.,  Ohio. 
HI.  James  Cook,  d.  2  April  1827,  having  just  com- 
pleted the  study  of  medicine. 

IV.  Calvin  Cook,  d.  13  Dec,  1831. 

V.  Ll'CV  Cook,  m.  Mr.  Mann ;  probably  moved  to  la. 
VI.  Selina  Cook,  m.  William  Fancher;  lived  in  Har- 
lem, O. ;  d.  before  1S50.   His  father  was  from  L.I. 

VII.  Desire  Cook,  m.  and  lived  in  Harlem,  Ohio. 
VIII.  John  Cook,  living  in  1850. 

IX.  I^vina  Cook  (probably)  living  in  1840. 

X,  Elisha  Cook,  d.  previous  to  15  Nov.,  1850. 

Above  probably  not  in  order  of  birth. 

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73.  PHINEAS'  FANNING,  b.  1743,    (JaiuMatfJona' 
ikatf,  Edmuni^^  £dmmnd^) 

Zerviah  Stanton, 
daa.  of  Capt  John  and  Pnidence  (Chesebrough)  Stanton, 
and  b,  at  Groton,  Conn,  (in  that  part  afterward  Ledyard), 
II  Sept,  174a. 

Phineaa  Fanning,  aon  of  Jonathan  and  Mary  (  ) 

Fanning,  was  bom  at  Groton,  Conn.,  16  Nov.,  1743,  and 
resided  in  that  town  on  the  portion  of  the  old  Fanning  fiirm 
that  was  left  him  by  his  father  in  1795.  It  was  in  extent 
about  fifty  acres.  It  included  the  old  Fanning  house  now 
standing  a  few  rods  northwest  of  the  present  Alonso 
Main  dwelling,  and  was  bounded  on  the  east  by  Mystic 
Brook,  north  by  Lantern  Hill  Pond  and  land  of  heirs  of 
Joseph  Stanton,  west  by  Hopkins  land  then  occupied  by 
David  Fanning,  and  south  by  land  of  Capt.  Samuel  Wil* 
liams,  Manassah  Short  and  Ambrose  Fish.  (Fordescrip- 
tion  and  bounds  of  this  farm  see  will  of  Jonathan  Fanning 
(No.  31 )  on  page  124,  and  also  map  of  the  Fanning  fium 
in  another  part  of  this  volume.) 

Phineas  Fanning  resided  on  this  farm  until  he  sold  it 
to  Capt  John  Holmes,  19  April,  1799,  for  jC^oo.^  It 
was  then  estimated  as  containing  about  70  acres,  and  was 
the  last  remnant  to  be  sold  of  the  old  Fanning  fiurm  at 
Groton  that  had  remained  in  the  fiunily  since  1664. 

Phineas  Fanning  served  in  the  Revolutionary  War,  en- 
listing at  Groton^  Conn.,  9  May,  1775,  as  a  private  in 
Capt  Abd  Spicer's  loth  Co.,  in  CoL  Samuel  H.  P^ursons* 
Regiment  All  the  officers  of  this  company  were  from 
Groton.  He  served  until  18  Dec,  1775.  '^^  following 
year  he  reentered  the  service,  enlisting  as  sergeant,  8 
Sept,  1776,  in  Capt  John  Morgan's  Co.  in  Col.  Oliver 

^Gfoioa  Deedtr  Book  XIIL,  p.  ia6. 

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204  Hillary  of  the  Fanning  Family 

Smitii't  8th  Rexirocnt  of  Mflitia,  wUch  aenred  at  New 
Yoik  that  year.  Hia  time  <tf  aenrioe  was  antil  17  Nor., 
1776.  Hb  name  abo  appean  on  a  liat  of  Capt*  John 
Morgan's  Company  that  niarcfaediipoii  an  alarm,  6  Septv 
1781,  at  the  invasion  oTNew  London,  and  was  paid  for 
three  days*  senrice  at  that  time.* 

Phineas  Fanning  may  have  had  a  son  John,  wiio  was 
the  ''grandson**  mentioned  in  Jonathan  Fannhig's  (No. 
31)  will  in  1786.  If  not,  the ''grandson  John**  most  have 
been  son  of  Asher  Fanning  (No.  74). 

No  fiuther  record  <tf  Phineas  Fanning  appeals  at  Gn>- 
ton  or  at  Stonington,  and  it  is  sapppsed  he  removed  and 
setded  elsewhere.  A  Phineas  Fanning  was  of  Norwich, 
Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  8  May,  1804,  on  which  date  he 
mortgaged  to  Henry  Huntington  of  Rome  a  mtain  tract 
of  land  in  Norwich,  which  was  part  of  lot  No.  35  in  town- 
ship No.  14. 

He  is  again  mentioned,  diis  time  with  wife  Zetviah,  so 
March,  1816,  as  of  Ptcston,  same  County  and  State,  when 
he  seUs  the  lot  to  Elisha  PiMfcer  of  that  town. 

Whether  diis  Phineas  Fanning  was  identical  with  the 
Conn,  one  of  that  name  does  not  appear,  bnt  it  is  quite 
probable,  as  there  was  a  huge  eiodas  of  Conn,  people  to 
New  York  State  abont  1803-4. 

No  record  appears  of  any  chfldren  of  Phineas  and 
Zenriah,  although  further  research  might  reveal  it. 

•Vide  Coaatcriraf  Hlitoriol  Colkcriaai,  VoL  vm^  p.  st6w 

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74.  ASHBR*  PANNING,  I>.  about  1 745,  {JomUhan\ 

Jonaihaff^  J£t/mun4i\  EdmunU^) 

m.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  13  June,  1768, 

Priscilla  Kinne, 
dau.  of  John  and  Ann  (Ayers)  Kinne, 
and  b*  at  Voluntown,  Conn.|  18  Nov.,  1749. 

John  Kinne  of  Preston,  Conn.,  was  son  of  Dea.  Jere- 
miah and  Mary  (Starkweather)  Kinne  of  Preston*  he  son 
of  Dea.  llionias  and  Martha  (Cox)  Kinne  of  Salem,  Mass. 
and  Preston,  Conn.,  he  son  of  Tliomas  and  Elizabeth 
(Knight)  Kenny  of  Salem,  he  son  of  Henry  and  Ann 
(  )  Kene  of  Salem,  now  Danvexs,  Mass.,  who  d. 

there  in  17x3,  and  came  probably  from  Holland. 

Asher  Fanning,  son  of  Jonathan  and  Mary  (  ) 

Fanning,  was  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  about  tne  year  1745* 
He  was  a  farmer  and  carpenter,  and  res.  at  i'reston,  Conn., 
and  possibly  also  at  Groton.  He  is  not  mentioned  on 
the  Preston  or  Groton  records  after  his  marriage,  nor 
are  the  births  of  any  children  recorded.  The  records 
state  that  he  and  his  wife  were  */both  of  Preston  "  at  the 
time  of  their  marriage  in  1768.  He  removed  to  and 
settled  in  Massachusetts  (supposed  in  Hampshire  Co.) 
about  the  lime  of  the  Revolutionary  War,  although  the 
name  does  not  appear  on  the  Probate  Records  or  the 
Registry  of  Deeds  of  Hampshire  Co.,  at  Northampton, 
Mass.  Later  he  setded  in  Gorham,  Ontario  Co.,  N.  Y., 
where  he  res.  until  his  decease. 

His  name  appears  in  Vol.  v.  of  ''Massachusetts  Sol- 
diers and  Sailors  of  the  Revohidonary  War"*  as  ''Corporal 
Asher  Famng''  inCapt  Joseph  Warner's  Co.,  Col.  Rug- 
gles  Woodbridge's  Regiment ;  engaged  x  7  Aug.  (also  given 
x8  AugOf  1777;  discharged  39  Nov.,  1777;  service,  3 
roos.,  ax  days,  travel  included,  on  expedition  to  Northern 
Department.     And  again  as  Private  Asher  Fanning  in 

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CapL  Benjamin  Boimey's  ComptDy,  CoL  Eliiha  Porter^i 
(Hampiliiie  .C9^  Mui^)  Reghnentp  enHstcd  si  July, 
1779,  dbchaged  37  Aug.,  1779 ;  lenrice,  t  mo^  is  daj^ 
timyd  indnded,  ftt  New  Ixmdon,  Conn.  RoD  dated  at 
Chesterfield,  (Mass.).  .       ' 

Asber  Fanning  is  mentioned  in  his  frthex's  will  made 
in  1786,  and  was  a  legatee  to  the  eitent  cijQts* 

He  d.  intestiue  in  the  town  of  Gorham,  Ontario  Co., 
N.  Y.,  jnst  previoiis  to  10  Bfaich,  1816,  on  iriuch  date 
kttm  of  administration  on  his  estate  were  granted  to 
PrisdDa  Fanning,  widow,  and  James  Biidsey,  fifiend. 

His  widow  is  said  to  have  d.  in  the  townof  Goriiamin 
1834,  bat  their  borial  pbces  have  not  been  learned. 

+171.  L  Rnioal*,  b.  at  Gioton,  Conn.,  in  April,  1775, 
17s.  n.  ABi0AiL\  b.  at  ,  so  June,  1777 ;  nuin  1798, 

William  WQey,  formerly  of  Erie  Co.,  Fenn.     They 
res.  at  Galesborg,  OL 

She  d.  in  Fnlton  Co.,  111.,  at  the  honse  of  her  bio- 
ther>in-law,  Abram  Wangh,  while  on  a  visit  to  her 
relatives  there,  s6  Aug.,  1851,  and  is  bar.  at  Gales> 

Had  son,  Aldrich  C  Vl^ey,  who  was  dooribseper 

*T1m  assMS  of  Ashtr  Psaaiag^  cbOdicB  arc  obtained  fraai 
nd  BO  ncQid  of  dicB  i^pcsn  St  Gfoioa. 

Tbsva  WW  a  John  Paaaiaib  bom  ia  1769,  wbo  ftiidod  st  Black  Rock  (a 
mbsib  of  BdUo),EilB  Co^  N.  Y^  and  who  died  tkani»  6  April,  tgjt,  i«ad 

te.    HbwiiiwasAaqr ^.  They  bad  Bfa»ckadisa,aaM»gwhoM«m 

IRalasW.Faa^iilbaBditwoaldBOt  bo  aa  ■-nftra- 
\  that  Uda  Joka  Faaaiag  was  a  m  of  Aikcr  aad  PrfadUa 
(Kiaaa)  Faaaiag  No.  74.  Aa  cxkaattlvo  rcaearck  kaa  aot»  kowairar,  to  te 
piovodiL  A datceadaBl  of  Joka  Faaaiag k  JaoMS  B. Tirew,  I 

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of  the  House  of  Representatives,  Washington,  D.  C.| 
and  d.  about  T875  ;  and  possibly  other  ch. 
+  X  73.  UL  Jonathan^,  b.  at  ,  Mass.,  about  x  780. 

174.  IV.  Sabrina',  b.  at  ,  Mass.,  ;  m.  xst 
*                 a  Nicliols  and  2d  a  Mallory  who  9.  at  age  of  94.  Mrs. 

Dr.  McDowell  of  Canton,  111.,  is  a  grand-dau.  No 
further  information  is  obtainable. 

175.  V.  Priscilla*,  b.  at  Worthington,  Mass.,  15  April,  1786  ; 

m.  at  Geneva,  N.  Y.,  27  April,  1806,  Col.  John  Hall. 
He  was  a  saddler,  and  res.  at  Canandaigua,  N.  Y.  and 
21ancsvillc,  O.;  b.  20  Feb.,  1781. 

He  was  in  the  war  of  181 2.  Was  a  receiver  of 
public  moneys  in  Zanesville,  O.,  under  Presidents 
Jackson  and  Van  Buren. 

She  d.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  3  Sept.,  1850. 
He  d.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  22  Nov.,  1862.  Both  are 
bur.  there. 


I.  Austin  Kinney  Hall,  b.  at  Canandaigua,  N.  Y., 

2  Dec,  1S07  ;  m.  Mary  Mitchell  of  Phila.  He 

d.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  in  1858.    Issue  four  ch.; 

two  were  living  in  1902  in  New  York  City : 

Harvey  W ,  and  Elizabeth  Hall  Pillsbury. 

II.  EvEUNE  (or  Evalvn)  Loui&v  Hall,  b.  at  Canan- 
daigua, N.  Y«,  4  Oct.,.  1809 ;  m.  at  Canandai- 
gua, 30  June,  1831,  Aseal  Harvey  of  that  town. 
Issue  two  ch.,  both  deceased.  She  d.  at  To- 
ledo, O.,  6  June,  1885,  and  is  bur.  at  Zanes- 
ville, O. 
in.  Elizabeth  Jane  Haix,  b.  at  Canandaigua,  N. 
Y.,  II  Sept.,  1811 ;  m.  I  Dec,  1831,  WiHiam 
C.  Scott  of  Zanesville,  O.  She  d.  at  New  York 
8  Jan.,  1890,  and  is  bur.  at  Lenox,  Mass.  One 
dau.,  Frances  Scott  Henclc,  now  living  at  Riv- 
erside, Cal. 

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IV.  Mauy  Makia  Ham.,  b.  :il  Canamlaigua,  N.  Y., 

27  Aug.,  iSij;  in.  at  Z;incsvillc,  (>.,  GScpt., 
1843,  James  Albion  Hirockmorton  of  Zancs- 
villc,  where  lliey  res.  until  1881,  and  after  that 
at  CoIiiniI)US,  O.  Issue,  six  ch.,  of  whom  three 
are  living :  Sarah  H.  at  Toledo ;  Frances  H., 
m.  to  John  Quincy  Judkins  of  Columbus,  O. ; 
and  Jennie  R.,  m.  to  Samuel  Johnson  Hall  of 
Toledo,  O. 

J^  es  A.  Throckmorton  d.  at  Columbus, 
O.,  21     ec,  1896. 

His  widow  d.  at  Columbus,  2  Feb.,  1900, 
at  the  house  of  her  son-in-law,  J.  Q.  Judkins, 
and  is  bur.  at  Zanesville. 

V.  John  Asiier  Hall,  b.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  ii  Feb., 

1816;  m,  at  Phila.,  Penn.,  Catherine  Mitch- 
ell of  that  city ;  six  ch.,  three  now  living : 
Kate,  m.  to  J.  B.  Bailey,  Tyndall,  S.  D. ;  Han- 
nah, m.  to  Robert  B.  Beales ;  and  Priscilla, 
m.  to  A.  W.  Beales,  Fort  Calhoun,  Neb. 

He  d.  s  Feb.,  1874.    She  d.  * 
Both  bur.  at  Fort  Calhoun,  Neb. 

VI.  Jane  Louisa  Hall,  b.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  16  April, 

1818 ;  d.  at  Zanesville,  7  Feb.,  1824. 
vu.  Frances  Ann  Hall,  b.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  7  July, 
1820;  m.  at  Zanesville,  26  April,  1842,  Jer- 
ome B.  Howard. 

She  d.  at  Toledo,  O.,  26  May,  1899,  and  is 
bur.  at  Zanesville.    No  issue. 

VIII.  Charles  Augustus  Hall,  b.  at  Zanesville,  O., 

19  March,  1823 ;  m.  at  La  Salle,  Monroe  Co., 
Mich.,  5  Feb.,  1850,  Janet  Withington. 
He  d.  at  Erie,  Mich.,  14  March,  1889. 

IX.  Jacob  Burrows  Hall,  b.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  12 

April,  1825  ;  d.  at  Independence,  8  May,  1849. 

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X.  ITemry  IlAr.i.,  h.  at  Zanosvillc,  ().,  31  Aug.,  1827  ; 
III.  Mrs.  Kannic  Alibotl  of  Toledo,  (). 

He  d.  8  Dec,  1882  and  is  bur.  at  Toledo,  O. 
Issue :  John  Henry  and  Joshua  Storey  Hall, 
both  living  at  Cincinnati. 
XI.  Jane  Hall,  b.  at  Zanesville,  O.,  31  May,  1831 ; 
m.  at  Zanesville,  4  April,  1849,  William  D. 
Rogers  of  that  town. 

She  d.  1 1  Oct.,  1S78,  and  is  bur.  at  St.  Paul, 
Minn.    Issue :  one  ch.  who  d.  in  infancy. 

176.  VI.  AuRiLiA*,  b.  at  ,  in  1793 ;  in.  at  , 

Abram  Waugh,  and  res.  at  Galesburg,  and  also  in 
Fulton  Co.,  111.,  many  years. 

He  d.  at  in  Oct.,  1854. 

She  d.  at  21  March,  1864.    Both  bur. 

in  Saunders  Cemetery,  Putnam  Township,  Fulton 
Co.,  111. 

177.  VII.  Daughter*,  b.  at  ;  m.  Jonathan  Phelps 

of  Canandaigua,  N.  Y.    They  res.  at  Canandaigua, 
I.  Ursuia  Phelps,  b.  ;  m.  a  Poor  and 

had  issue  William  and  Kittie  Poor. 
II.  Laura  Phelps,  b.  ;  m.  a  Lee  and 

had  issue  Laura  and  Augusta  Lee,  the  latter 
b.  about  1830. 
ni.  Egbert  Phelps,  b. 

IV.  Priscilla  Phelps,  b.  .     She  never 

m.  but  res.  witli  her  father  at  Canandaigua. 

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77.  JONATHAN*  FANNING,  b.  1754,  {David\ 

Jonathan*^  Edmund*^  Edmund'^) 

m,  at  Groton,  Conn.,  5  April,  17S1, 

Eunice  Fish, 
dau.  of  Titus  and  Lucretia  (Williams)  Fish,* 
ard  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  12  Oct.,  11^2.^ 

Titus  Fish  and  Lucretia  Williams,  both  of  Stonington, 
Conn.,  were  m.  17  Nov.,  1757,  and  had  son  David,  b.  31 
Oct.,  1760,  and  dan.  Eunice,  b.  12  Oct.,  1762.}  Titus  Fish 
was  b.  13  March,  172S-9,  son  of  David  and  Grace  (Pal- 
mer) Fish,  who  were  m.  30  March,  i720-i.§  Eight  ch. 
of  David  and  Grace  (Palmer)  Fish  are  recorded  at  Ston- 
ington, and  among  them  Ambrose  Fish,  b.  21  Aug.,  1 737, 
who  dot  ''ess  lived  in  the  "Tenty"  P'ish  house,  near  the 
old  Fannii.    Burial  Ground  in  Groton. 

Capt.  Jonavhan  Fanning,  2d,  (so  called  to  distinguish 
him  from  his  uncle  Jonathan,  No.  31),  was  b.  at  Groton, 
Conn.,  2  or  13  March,  17s4.ll 

He  res.  at  Groton  and  Stonington,  Conn.,  and  later 
settled  in  New  York  State.  Early  in  life  he  showed  in- 
clination for  the  sea,  and  made  many  minor  voyages 
previous  to  his  twentieth  year.  When  the  Revolutionary 
War  broke  out  he  sided  with  the  American  Colonies. 

On  the  first  of  August,  1774,  he  shipped  on  board  the 
brig  "  Nancy,"  commanded  by  Capt.  Henry  Billings,  and 
sailed  to  the  Island  of  Guadeloupe ;  the  object  of  the 
voyage  was  to  obtain  military  stores  for  the  support  and 
defense  of  the  United  Colonies.  Upon  his  arrival  at 
Guadeloupe,  about  the  first  of  September,  he  was  ap- 
pointed mate  of  said  brig,  and  served  in  that  capacity 

•  Sionington  Rcconls,  T5oolc  HI.,  p.  193.         fl^i^-        X  Ihid. 
^  Ilii .!.,  Uook  II.,  p.  48. 

:,  lli'j  Connecticut  Kccords  give  date  2  March,  1754J  descendants  say  13 
M.-:ch,  1754. 

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about  eight  months.  During  the  month  of  February, 
1776,  he  was  employed  on  board  the  ship  ''Trumbull/' 
fitting  her  for  sea.  In  March,  1776,  he  shipped  on  board 
a  galley  called  the  ''Shark/'  which  was  built  at  Norwich, 
and  commanded  at  that  time  by  Capt.  Theophilus  Stan- 
ton, afterward  commanded  by  Capt.  Roger  Fanning  (No. 
68).  This  galley,  with  five  others,  proceeded  to  New 
York,  where  it  arrived  about  the  fifth  of  July,  1776,  and 
anchored  in  the  Hudson  River,  a  short  distance  from  the 
city.  The  fleet  of  row-galleys  was  then  ordered  to  move 
up  the  river  and  attack  two  British  ships.  The  engage- 
ment took  place  near  Peekskill,  and  lasted  about  two  and 
one-half  hours,  when  the  row-galley  fleet  was  obliged  to 
retreat  down  the  river.  He  served  at  this  time  about 
eight  months.  On  December  20,  1778,  he  shipped  on 
board  the  vessel  "  Governor  Trumbull,"  commanded  by 
Capt.  Henry  Billings,  and  sailed  to  the  West  Indies ;  was 
there  taken  prisoner  by  a  British  vessel  and  carried  to  the 
harbor  of  Saint  John's,  on  Antigua  Island,  where  he  was 
confined  for  about  five  months.  He  then  made  his  es- 
cape, and,  by  taking  a  vessel  manned  by  negroes,  made 
hts  way  into  a  French  port  on  the  Island  of  Guadeloupe, 
where  he  was  again  apprehended  as  a  spy  and  detained 
for  fourteen  days.  Upon  being  liberated  he  returned  on 
board  a  schooner  to  North  Carolina,  where  he  arrived 
about  the  first  of  July,  1779.  From  there  he  proceeded 
to  his  home  in  Connecticut,  and  probably  did  not  again 
enter  the  service.  In  April,  1 780,  he  was  employed  for 
about  one  month  in  fitting  out  a  ship  at  New  London. 

At  the  close  of  the  War  Capt.  Jonathan  Fanning  res. 
in  Groton,  on  what  is  known  as  the  Dr.  John  O.  Miner 
place,  and  now  (1903)  owned  and  occupied  by  Charles 
Culver,  whose  father,  l)ea.  Culver,  purchased  the  property 
of  John  Owen  Miner,  and  he  of  David  Fish  of  Stoniugton 

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in  1793,  and  lie  of  Jon;Uh:iii  Kniininj^Jii.s  hroflirr  in-1;uv, 
13  Oct.,  17S7,  for  ;;^'ioo.*  The  three  acres  belonging 
to  this  place,  and  the  buildings  on  it,  Jonathan  Fanning, 
then  "of  Stonington"  bought  of  his  brother,  Elisha,  17 
Oct.,  1782.1  It  is  situated  on  the  road  running  north 
from  Centre  Groton,  at  the  fork  of  the  Gales  Ferry  and 
Ledyard  roads,  and  near  the  ministry  land  on  which  the 
first  church  at  Groton  formerly  stood. 

Dr.  Miner  built  the  present  house  on  the  premises,  the 
long  ell  to  which  is  said  to  have  belonged  to  the  old  Fan- 
ning house  built  by  Elisha  Fanning. 

The  following  is  a  copy  of  a  writ  served  on  Jonathan 
Fanning  and  others  about  this  time,  which  is  not  without 
interest : 

"To  Isaac  Gallup  of  Groton  in  the  County  of  New 
London  an  Indifiercnt  person  no  proper  officer  to  Serve 
this  writ  being  to  be  had  without  Great  Expence  &  In- 
convenience.   Greeting 

By  Authority  of  the  State  of  Connecticut  You  are  here- 
by Commanded  to  Attach  the  Goods  or  Estate  of  Manas- 
sah  Short  John  Goore  Amos  Williams  2*  Jonathan  Fanning 
2""  and  Rufus  Williams  all  of  Said  Gruton  and  Beebe  Den- 
ison  of  Stonington  in  ^  County  2*".  To  the  Value  of  one 
thousand  pounds  Lawfull  money  and  for  want  thereof  to 
take  thear  Uodies,  if  to  be  found  in  your  precinct  and 
them  Safe  Keep  and  have  to  appear  befor  the  City  Court 
to  be  held  at  in  &  for  the  City  of  New  London  in  s**. 
County  on  the  first  monday  of  April  next  then  and  there 
to  answer  unto  William  Richards  of  the  City  of  New  Lon- 
don in  said  County  in  a  plea  of  the  Case  wherein  the 
PlaintifT  declars  &  says  that  on  the  26'**  day  of  Febu^  In- 
stant it  for  »^ore  than  twelve  month  before  he  was  one 
of  the  ShcrifT'of  said  City  and  a  Constable  of  the  town 
of  New  London  in  said  County  &  in  both  said  offices  duly 
authorized  appointed  and  Sworn,  and  as  such  had  in  his 
hands  &  office  directed  to  him  in  due  form  of  law  to  Serve 

♦  Groton  Deeds,  Book  x.,  p.  274, 

tlbid.,  p.  146. 

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mul  Return  by  lawriill  Atilhority  four  Scvonil  writs  of  al- 
lacliiiic'iil  :ill  a};:iiiisl  Ji'(lcili:ili  Ia*c<Is  uf  (Srulon  in  s;ii(l 
Counly,  viz,  one  in  favor  of  Thomas  Mumfoni  Daniel 
Rodman  &  Giles  Mumford  on  Note  for  one  hundred 
pounds  Lawful!  Money  one  other  in  faver  of  the  same  on 
Book  for  the  Sum  of  fifty  pounds  I^awf.  Money,  one  in 
faver  of  Amosa  Learned  for  the  Sum  of  one  hundred 
pounds  Lawfull  Money  and  one  other  in  faver  of  the  same 
for  the  Sum  of  fifty  pounds  Lawfull  money  all  returnable  to 
the  City  Court  to  be  held  at  in  &  for  the  City  of  New  London 
on  the  first  monday  of  April  next  all  Dated  26'**  Febuary 
&  Signed  by  Joshua  Coit  Justice  Peace — and  that  by  Ver- 
tue  of  said  writs  of  Attachment  the  Plaintiffdid  on  s*  26* 
day  of  febuary  attach  sieze  and  take  in  to  his  Custady  & 
possession  as  Sheriff  as  ofores^  a  Cartain  Sloop  called  the 
Morris  of  the  Burthen  of  about  fifty  Tons  then  lying  in 
the  harbour  of  New  London  and  within  the  limits  of  said 
City  to  gather  with  hir  Cargo,  s*.  Vessell  &  Cargo  being 
the  Property  Goods  and  Estate  of  the  said  Jedediah 
I^eeds,  and  of  the  Value  of  three  hundred  pounds  law- 
full Money  &  that  the  PItf  haveing  so  seezed  &  attach* 
Said  Sloop  &  Cargo  &  havin  hir  in  his  Lawfull  possession 
by  virtue  of  s*  writs  the  Defendants  then  and  there  viz  in 
Said  City  of  New  London  on  s**,  26"*  day  of  Febuary  with 
force  and  armes  an  assault  made  on  the  Body  of  the  Pltf 
&  him  beat  &  abused  and  with  the  same  force  &  armes 
dispossessed  the  Plaintiff  of  the  said  Vessell  &  Cargo,  and 
the  same  took  &  carried  away  and  other  Injuries  and 
Enormities  to  the  Plaintiff  the  Defendants  then  and  there 
with  the  force  &  armes  aforesaid  did  and  committed  all 
which  is  to  the  Damage  of  the  Plaitf  the  Sume  of  one 
thousand  pounds  Lawfull  Money  to  recover  which  & 
Cost  he  brings  this  Suit  Hereof  fail  not,  Bonds  suffi- 
cient for  prosokution  being  given,  and  of  this  writ  with 
Your  Doings  thereon  make  due  Return  according  to  Law 
Dated  at  New  London  26"*  day  of  Febuary  1787 — 

2/  Duty  paid  &  Pltf     '\ 
for  prosn*"  in   > 
Due  form  of  Law;^so  )  ^o^WikCtm^ Justice cf Peace 

J  Coit  J  P 

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214  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

New  London  County  ss.  Groton  March  2*"  a  d  1787 
Then  by  Virtue  of  this  writ  I  attached  one  Lot  of  Land 
lying  in  Groton  afores^.  with  all  the  Buildings  and  appur- 
tenances thereto  belonging  and  is  Bounded  and  De- 
scribed as  follows  (viz)  East  by  the  highway  leading  from 
M'.  John  Barbers  to  the  North  Meeting  house  in  said 
Groton  North  on  Lands  Belonging  to  the  heirs  of  Nathan 
Daboll  Decesed  and  west  and  south  on  the  highway  lead- 
ing from  s*.  Barbers  by  Youngs  Perkins  Containing  by 
Estimation  about  four  acres  Said  Land  and  Buildings 
being  tendered  to  me  by  the  plaintiflf  to  be  the  Estate  of 
Jonathan  Fanning  2**  of  s**.  Groton  within  Named 
Test    Isaac  Gallup  an  indiflferent  person 

New  London  County  ss.  Groton  March  5***  a  d  1787 
Then  by  Virtue  of  this  writ  I  attached  one  lot  of  Land 
lying  in  Groton  afores**.  Bounded  as  follows  (viz)  North 
by  Laud  belonging  to  Thomas  Hopkins  west  and  South  by 
Samuel  Williams  ^^  Land  and  East  by  Jonathan  Fanings 
Land  Estimated  to  Contain  about  twenty  acres  with  the 
Buildings  Said  Land  and  Buildings  being  tendered  to  me 
by  the  plaintifl*  to  be  the  Estate  of  the  within  Named 
iianasseh  Short  of  s**.  Groton 

Test     Isaac  Gallup  an  Indifferent  person 

the  within  is  a  true  Coppy  of  the  original  >vrit  and  the 
above  Indorsments  is  a  true  Coppy  of  my  Indorsments 
on  said  writ 

attest    Isaac  Gallup  an  Indiflerent  person  " 

Jonathan  Fanning  removed  soon  after  1787  to  New 
York  State,  settling  first  at  a  place  called  "Big  Stone/* 
about  forty  miles  south  of  Albany.  He  was  living  in 
Albany  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  1803,  and  at  Red  Rock,  town  of 
Chatham,  Columbia  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  181 6,  where  his  wife, 
Eunice,  died.  He  removed  to  the  town  of  Scipio,  Cayuga 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  29  March,  1S16,  with  his  dau.  Sally,  who  found 
a  good  home  with  her  uncle,  Titus  Fish.  Another  uncle 
and  three  of  Sally's  sisters  were  living  at  Scipio  and  Venice 
at  that  time.  There  Jonathan  Fanning  worked  at  his 
trade,  that  of  a  mason. 

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In  the  last  yean  of  his  life  he  lived  one  half  of  the  year 
with  his  dacL  Hannah  at  Bfant,  Erie  Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  the 
other  half  with  Sally  at  Angola,  N.  Y. 

He  used  to  say  that  he  had  crossed  the  ocean  ^fonr 
and  forty  times.''  He  applied  for  a  pension  in  SepL,  iSjs, 
and  d.  at  Evans,  Erie  Co^  N.  Y.,  31  May,  1844,  at  the 
advanced  age  of  ninety  years  and  two  months,  and  b  bur. 
at  East  Evans. 

IBs  wife  d.  at  Red  Rock,  Columbia  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  x8i6. 

178.   I.  EoNicK*,  b.  at  Gfoton,  Conn.,  18  Nov.,  178a ;   m.  at 
about  x8oa,  John  Sparling,  b.  about  1780. 
They  lived  at  Sdpio,  Cayuga  Co.,  N.  Y. ;   removed 
from  there  in  1836  to  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y. 
He.  d.  near  Pontiac,  Mich.,  in  1847. 
Eunice  d.  at  her  son  Jonathan's  house  near  Brock- 
port,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y.,  4  Dec,  186s,  and  is  bur. 

L  John  Sparuno,  b.  so  Dec,  1804 ;  d.  in  Janes- 

viUe,  WiSn  in  x888. 
n.  ALKm  SPAnuMO,  b.  at  Scipto,  N.  Y.,  9  Sept, 
x8o6 ;  m.  at  Murray,  Orleans  Co.,  N.  Y.,  zz 
Sept,  1833,  Cynthia  Tyler,  b.  4  Jan.,  Z809. 
They  res.  in  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y. 

He  d.  in  Z843  or  '44.  She  d.  Z4  July,  Z89Z, 
a.  8a  y.  6  nu    Itsme: 
L  Cymthu  J.  Sparldiq,  b.  s6  June,  1833 ; 

d«  in  infancy. 
H.  Fbamcb  T.  Sparuno,  b.  9  Dec,  Z835; 

now  living  at  Brockport,  N.  Y. 
m.  Hakriet  B.  Sparuno,  b.  t8  April,  X840. 
IV.  Alson  C.  Sparuno,  b.  14  April,  1843 ;  d. 
20  April,  z88x. 

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JSL  EoMici  Spakung,  b«  in  1809 ;  m.  WDUam  Wat- 

IT.  WnxiAM  SrAKUNG,  b.  so  Much,  i8ts ;   d.  at 

Adams  Basan,  N.  Y.,  a.  so. 
T.  JoM»HAN  F.  SrAKUNG,  h.  at  Sdpio,  N.  Y.,  18 
June,  1817 ;  resided  at  VQIisca,  Iowa.  Died 
.  at  Demrert  CoL,  about  1899,  and  left  two 
sons  and  two  danghten. 
TL  Caltdi  SrABUNG,  b.  at  Scipio»  N.  Y.,  in  i8so ; 
m.  and  d.  in  Midu  Left  three  sons :  Erskine, 
Calvin  E.  and  Eugene. 
TIL  Emeumb  Sparuno,  b.  at  Sdpio,  N.  Y.,  26  Jane, 
i8ss ;  m.  James  Lambert  and  had  one  son 
and  one  daughter,  both  deceased, 
▼m.  AinxD  SraauNG,  b.  at  Sdpio,  N.  Y.,  in  18S5 ; 
m.  and  d.  in  Bradfoird,  F^  and  left  three  ch. 
179.  n.  LDCRSIU^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  ;  m. 

-31  Jan.,  1813,  Jacob  Morgan,  b.  so  April,  1789,  a 
farmer,  and  res.  at  Sdpio,  Cayuga  Co.,  N.  Y.  The 
Morgan  Genealogy,  p.  147,  gives  the  following  issae, 
bnt  enoneousljr  states  diat  Lncretia  Fanning  was 
dan.  of  Sylvester  Fanning  of  Sdpio: 

L  NsLmr  Moaoui,  b.  18  Oct,  1814 ;   m.  Mary 

n.  Julian  Mokqam,  b^  s6  Aug.,  1817 ;  d.  S9  Nov., 

1831,  a.  14. 
m.  Silas  G.  MoaoAM,  b.  6  Feb.,  i8so ;  m.  Mandana 
S.  Arnold. 

IV.  WnxiAM  Avnr  Mobgan,  b.  s  Joty,  i8ss ;  m. 

gaiyiat^flm  Madier. 

V.  Haxvst  Mobgah,  b.  S7  May,  1835 ;   m.  Jane 

i8o.  m.  FlRJDBMCif  b.  at  Groton,  Conn^  ss  Oct,  1785 ;   d. 

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181.  IT.  PcHXT*,  b.  at  Z4  June,  1788 ;  m*  wt 

17  Feb.,  181 19  Calvin  Wheat,  a  ftnner,  b.  39  Aug., 
1785,  and  lived  at  Sdpio  and  Venice,  Caydga  Co., 
N.  Y.  Pdlly  d.  28  Jone,  1874.  Cahrin  d.  it  Ang., 


L  EmncB  WHX4T,  b.  29  Ifardi,  1813 ;  m.  16  Jnne, 
1839,  Eli  Jones.  She  d.  18  Maich,  i86s.  Thejr 
lived  at  Slrani^triffip  N.  Y. 
•n.  Locma  Wheat,  b.  is  Nov.,  z8i6 ;  m.  11  JaiL, 
1843,  Simon  Peirigo.  SBie  d.  sa  Jan.,  1843. 
Lived  at  Venice,  N.Y. 
m.  PntUMA  Wheat,  b.  S3  SepL,  1818 ;  d.  %%  May, 

1894,  mmu 
nr.  CHARLom  WHX4T,b.  6  April,  i8ai;  m.  14 
Nov.,  1844,  Hixam  HilL     She  d.  10  April, 
1880.    Uved  at  Sdpio,  N.Y. 
V.  Emily  Wheat,  b.  sz  Jane,  18S3 ;  m.  8  JaiL, 
1845,  Almon  Bnlkley.  Thej  lived  at  Skaneat* 
eles,  N.  Y.     He  d.  so  Ang.,  i88i.  .  Widow 
was  living  in  1898  at  Moravia,  N4  Y. 
VL  Calvdi  Wheat,  b.  13  April,  i8ss ;  d.  16  May, 

vn.  Saixy  M.  Wheat,  b.  7  Ang^^  i8s6 ;  m.  i  Jan., 
i846,LorensoBalkley.  Lived  at  Gioton,  N.Y. 
vm.  JULU  Ann  Wheat,  b.  S7  Aug.,  1831 ;    d.  is 
Sept,  184a. 

It  is  said  there  were  nogrsindchikben  in 
Calvin  Wheat's  fiunfly. 
z8s.  T.  Child^,  who  d*  young. 

183.  VL  Beisey*,  b.  at  Berne,  Albany  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  1795 ;  m. 

at  Berne,  N.  Y.,  about  181  s,  Lazarus  Dotv,  a  lanner, 

b.  II  Oct.,  1789.   They  res.  in  Albany  and  Monroe 

Counties,  N.  Y.  After  tiie  death  of  Betsqr  at  Adams 


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Basin,  N.  Y.,  17  Oct.,  1843,  he  removed  to  Clinton 
Co.t  Mich.,  where  he  m.  Fannie  Burrows  Howard 
and  raised  a  second  familj ;  after  her  death  he  m. 
3d,  Rebecca  Woodman  Miller.  He  d.  at  Eagle, 
Qinton  Co.,  Mich.,  36  July,  1867. 

IssH€  0/  Bitsiy  and  LoMarus: 
L  OuvsR  DoTT,  b.  at  Berne,  Albany  Co.,  N.  Y., 
6  Sept.,  18x4 ;  m.  s8  Sept.,  1839,  Matilda 
Randall,  and  lived  at  Eagle,  Clinton  Co., 
Mich.,  where  he  became  a  wealthy  fanner ; 
was  a  member  of  the  State  Legislature  a  num- 
ber of  terms ;  was  a  justice  of  the  peace  and 
a  prominent  man.  He  d.  there  si  March, 
189  z,  and  is  bur.  at  Grand  Ledge,  Mich.  His 
widow  was  living  in  1898.  Issue :  Ira  Ran- 
dall, Elmina  Ccmelia,  Flora  Agnes  and  Mary 
Louisa  Doty, 
n.  Phoo  Doty,  b.  at  Scipio,  Cayuga  Co.,  N.  Y.,  3 
March,  1817 ;  m.  so  July,  1839,  Betsey  Saw- 
yer, and  lived  at  Eagle,  Clinton  Co.,  Mich. 
Issue :  EUen,  Elsie,  Sanford  Philo  and  EUis 
Sawyer  Doty, 
m.  Chaelis  Dorr,  b.  at  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N. 
Y.,3x  Jan*,  1819;  m.  18  May  1849,  Elisa- 
beth Holmes.  Res.  at  Eagle,  Clinton  Co., 
Mich.  Issue :  Robert  Hoy,  Mary  Elixa  and 
Helen  Augusta  Doty.  Robert  d.  in  x866,  and 
the  other  two  res.  at  Eagle,  Mich. 
nr.  Locv  Dorr,  b.  at  Ogden,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y., 
17  Feb.,  i8so;  m.  at  Sweden,  N.  Y.,  xx 
March,  1846,  Lorenzo  Ward.  Res.  at  Adams 
Basin,  N.  Y.,  where  she  d.  5  Feb.,  1898.  Had 
son,  Andrew  F.  Ward. 

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V.  Laura  Doiy,  b.  at  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y., 
17  Oct,  1824;  m.  21  Sept.,  1843,  John  Mc- 
Millan. Res.  Evansville,  Wis. ;  d.  at  Hum- 
boldt, Neb.  Issue:  Lydia,  Delphine  and  Kate.  ; 
VI.  AuRiUA  Doty,  b.  at  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N. 
Y.,  ;  m  ,  Enoch  Darling, 

a  farmer  and  widower  with  two  ch. ;    res.  in 
Hudson  Township,  Mich.     Issue :  Lillian  A. 
and  John  Darling. 
184.  VH.  Hannah*,  b.  at  Berne,  Albany  Co.,  N.Y., 5  Sept.,  1800; 
m.atScipio,  N.  Y.,  15  Nov.,  1821,  Kester  Tracy,  b. 
at  Scipio,  14  April,  1 798,  son  of  Gilbert  Tracy  who 
was  a  soldier  in  the  Revolutionary  War,  enlisting 
from  Preston,  Conn.    Gilbert  Tracy  was  b.  7  Jan., 
T761,  and  m.  9  April,  1791,  Deborah  Woodworth. 
Gilbert  d.  at  Scipio,  N.  Y.,  where  he  had  located 
after  his  services  in  the  army,  i  June,  1841. 

Kester  Tracy  lived  at  Brant,  N.  Y.,  and  d.  at 
Ripley,  N.  Y.,  26  Jan.,  1 880. 

Hannah  Tracy  d.  at  Ripley,  N.  Y.,  16  June,  1869. 
hsue^  all  bom  at  Brant^  N.  K 

I.  GusTAVus  AdolphusTracv,  b.  23  Nov.,  1822 ; 

d.  in  Sept.,  1900. 

II.  Elvira  Miranda  Tracy,  b.  20  March,  1825 ; 

d.  in  April,  1895. 

III.  Alson  Sparling  Tracy,  b.  9  June,  1827. 

IV.  LucRETiA  Morgan  Tracy,  b.  31  March,  1830. 

V.  Seneca  Tracy,  b.  14  June,  1833  ;  d.  i  April, 


VL  Oliver  Tracy,  b.  13  Feb.,  1835  ;  d.  infancy. 

VII.  Sanford  Apmjeton  Tracy,  b.  21  May,  1836. 
Issue  :  six  ch.,  among  them  Elvira  Tracy, 
now  living  at  Buffalo,  N.  Y.,  unm. 
VIII.  Albert  Hallkr  Tracy,  b.  17  April,  1S39. 

IX.  Amelia  Hannah  Tracy,  b.  18  Aug.,  1845. 

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220  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

183.  vni.  Sarah*,  Uornc,  Albany  Co.,  N.Y.,  26  June,  1.^03  ; 

ni.  at  Scipio,  Cayuga  Co.,  N,  Y.,  27  Feb.,  1822, 

William  Martin.     Moved  to  Nunda,  N.  Y.  and  in 

1S33  to  Evans,  Erie  Co.,  N.  Y. 


I.  James  Jackson  Martin,  b.  28  March,  1S23  ; 

d.  S  March,  1S49. 
II.  William  Martin,  Jr.,  b.  11  July,  1825;  m. 
at  Evans,  N.  Y.,  Elizabeth  Stanton.  Issue  : 
William,  Sarah,  Ann,  Milton  Grant  and 
Addie  Amelia  Martin  ;  also  John  and  Jen- 
nie, both  deceased.  He  d.  5  March,  1883. 

III.  John  Martin,  b.  i  Aug.,  1827  ;  d.  5  July,  1S35. 

IV.  Joseph  ^^AR^IN,  b.  10  June,  1829  ;    lives   at 

Angola,  N.  Y. 
v.  Julia  Ann  Martin,  ').  7  April,  iS32,at  Evans, 
Erie  Co.,  N.  Y. ;  m.  at  Evans,  7  June,  1855, 
Jasper  Jacob  Barker,     lies.  Chicago,  III. 
VI.  Mary  Ann  Martin,  b.  at  Evans,  N.  Y.,  16 
March,  1835;    "^-  ^3  April,  1870,  Lewis 
Cass  Dingman,  of  Angola,  N.  Y.  She  d.  at 
Chicago,  III.,  17  June,  1894.    Issue  :  Mar- 
garet Elizabeth  and  John  Martin  Dingman. 
VII.  John  Martin,  b.  at  Jerusalem  Corners,  N.  Y., 
5  Oct.,  1837  ;  m.  at  Angola,  N.Y.,  Eugenia 
Adelaide  Tiflt,  21  Jan.,  1866.      He  d.  at 
Los  Angeles,  Cal.,  18  Dec,  18S4;  bur.  at 
Angola,  N.  Y.    Issue  :  Jennie  TiflTt,  Marry 
Delos  and  Mary  Elizabeth  Martin, 
viii.  Sarah  Elizabeth  Martin,  b.  at  Evans,  N.  Y., 
8  June,  1840  ;   resided  with  her  sister  Julia 
in  Chicago,  111.,  and  d.  unm.  about  1 899. 
IX.  Delos  Washington  Martin,  b.  II  July,  1843 ; 
d.  3  May,  1867. 

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78.  BLISHA*  FANNING,  b.  1756,     {Dtmd^Jonaihaif, 
Edmund^^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Grotoiiy  Conn*,  30  July,  1778. 

Mary  Button, 
datu  of 
and  b.  at  ,  %%  Ang.,  1761. 

Elisha  Fanning,  s.  of  David  Fanning  of  Groton,  was  b. 
x6  Sept.,  1756.  He  was  a  fiurmer,  and  res.  at  Groton  and 
East  Windsor,  Conn.,  West  Springfield,  Maas^  and  in 
later  life.  New  York  CitjTf  where  be  lived  at  the  time  of 
his  decease. 

When  the  Revolutionary  War  broke  out  Elisha  Fan- 
ning enlisted  as  a  private  on  the  10  July,  1775,  in  Capt. 
Jedediah  Huntington's  First  Company  of  the  Eighth 
Conn.  Regiment*  This  regiment  was  recruited  mainly 
in  New  London,  Hartford  and  Windham  Counties.  It 
was  stationed  on  the  Sound  until  14  Sept,  when  it  was 
ordered  to  the  Boston  Camps,  and  took  post  at  Roxbury 
in  Gen.  Spencer's  Brigade.  It  rcgnained  there  until  its 
expiration  of  time  of  service,  x6  Dec,  1775.  This  Com- 
pany  had  many  recruits  firom  Norwich  and  Preston. 
Among  them  was  John  Fanning,  (No.  tjs),  afterwards 
known  as  Capt  John  Fanning  of  Norwich.  In  1776 
Elisha  appeared  on  the  roll  of  Capt  Jonathan  Brewster's 
Company  in  Col.  Huntington's  Regiment,!  and  in  that 
year  also  in  Piraons'  Regiment,  and  was  reported  sick  in 
hospital  at  Stamford,  and  discharged  in  Nov.,  17764  s6 
March,  1778,  he  enlisted  as  a  private  in  Capt  Amos 
Stanton's  Company  of  Col.  Henry  Sherburne's  Regiment, 
and  was  transferred  to  Samuel  B.  Webb's  Regiment,  x 
May,  Z780,  and  served  until  his  discharge  14  Feb.,  1781.! 

*  Coan.  Rolls,  p.  85.  f  Ibid.,  p.  103.  %  Ibid,,  p.  too, 


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In  this  tame  company  of  Ci^  Amot  SttaloiD  Mivcd  Cor- 
poiml  "nomas  Fanning  (No.  i6o),  and  also  David  Fan- 
ning (No.  79),  brother  of  Elisha.  On  tfiat  date  he  is  on 
the  Conn.  Rolls  as  paid  from  i  Jan.,  *8i  to  S4  Feb.,  *8i.^ 
It  is  not  known  tfiat  he  entered  the  senrice  after  this  date, 
and  probabfy  he  did  not,  bat  retained  to  his  home  in 

Affcer  the  Revolationary  War  he  remored  from  Groton 
and  Ihred  for  a  time  at  East  Wuidsor,  Cmul,  where  we 
find  record  of  him  in  1790.  On  the  14  Oct,  tliat  year, 
he  parchased  huid  of  Jedediah  Bliss  in  West  S^ringfidd, 
Ifass.,  on  the  soath  side  of  Agawam  River,  and  boonded 
east  by  the  Connecticnt  River,  in  that  part  whidi  is  now 
the  town  of  Agawam.  Mere  he  located  with  his  son  Elisha, 
and  res.  there  until  aboat  1812.  Soon  afterwards  he  re» 
moved  to  New  York  City  and  located. 

His  name  appears  on  the  list  of  U.  S.  Ftesaoners  as 
receiving  pay  for  services  rendered  daring  the  Revoln- 
tiooaiy  War,  and  for  disability  and  woonds  received.  It 
is  said  he  eventaally  died  from  the  effects  of  his  woand, 
wiiich  troobled  him  to  the  time  of  his  death. 

He  d.  intestate  at  New  York  City,  S9  Jan.,  tSiS,aged 
6t  years,  4  mos.,  i  s  ds.,  and  is  bar.  on  Foisylhe  Street, 
New  Yoriu  The  Methodist  Church  now  covets  the  spot. 

t  Kelli,  p.  331. 
fTht  fBOowiag  leeocd  of  aiilM  Fmniag  ii  faniihed  b7  the  U.  &  1 

tatWMhiag|oa,O.C  It  vuiei  MmewlMt  fran  the  prialad  Gona. 

*Tht  isceide  of  tUt  oftet  tbow  iSbak  9mm  EUiba  Faaniac  ttrved  as  a  pri- 
vate aad  as  a  cofpocal  la  Captaia  Joke  EUif  •  Gonpeey,  kaamm  eke  •§  Cap- 
tain AaMS  Staatott'k  Coapaay  of  Coloatl  Heaiy  ShcrimfM^  RtgiaMBt, 
CoeHe— til  TVoopa,  RerolatioDafj  War.**  Re  eaUited  aseia  Fehnnry  s6| 
I777,aadieivedte  Jaae  ay  of  that  jear;  *"r^ioiBed  Jalf  sa^  1778^  was 
I  Maf  I,  itSq^  to  Captaia  Joha  Haifa  Gonpaay,  91k  < 
eownadedbyColoadSaBiatlB.Webb,aad  he  v 
\  Febcaaiy  S4,  ijSi.** 

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His  widow  was  appointed  by  the  Probate  Court  of  New 
Yorky  Sylvanus  Miller,  Surrogate,  administratrix  of  his 
estate,  13  Feb.,  x8i8.  She  was  living  at  Albany,  N.  Y., 
in  May,  1820,  and  d.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  33  Aug., 
XS34,  aged  73  yrs.,  i  d. 


+  x86.    X.  Elisua*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  4  Sept.,  1780. 

187.  II.  David*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  6  Sept,  1781 ;  d.  prob- 

ably in  infancy. 

188.  III.  Polly*,  b.  at  ,  24  April,  1783 ;  m.  a 

Lansing.    No  further  record. 
+  189.  IV.  John*,  b.  at  ,  25  Sept.,  1784, 

190.  V.  Abigail*,  b.  at  Enfield,  Mass.,  iz  June,  1786;  m.  at 
Albany,  N.  Y.,  in  181  x,  Benjamin  Cole,  b.  in  Rhode 
Island,  8  April,  1 788.  He  was  a  farmer  and  res.  at 
Springfield,  Penn.  (Leona),  where  he  d.,  and  was 
bur.  3  Jan.,  X851.  She  d.  at  Leona,  24  April,  1874, 
and  is  bur.  there. 

Issue  : 
1.  Fanning  Cole,  b.  at  Amsterdam,  Montgomery 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  20  Sept.,  1813  ;  m.  at  Smithfield, 
'    Penn.,  in  Sept.,  X834,  Caroline  Sergeant,  dau. 
of  William  and  Huldah  (  )  Sergeant. 

He  was  a  farmer  and  res.  at  Springfield,  Penn. 
She  d.  x8  Nov.,  1876.  He  d.  at  East  Troy, 
Penn.,  28  Oct.,  1895 ;  both  bur.  at  Leona, 

I.  Frederick  Cole,  b.  at  Springfield,  Brad- 
ford Co.,  Penn.,  28  Jan.,  1836  ;  m.  at 
East  Troy,  Penn.,  Sarah  Hickok.  He  is 
a  farmer.  Was  in  the  Army  of  the  Po- 
tomac in  the  Civil  War.  Res.  at  Bridge- 
villc,  Del.  Has  issue  Charles  and  Caro- 

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II.  (?ii.\Ki.Ks  r«)i.K,  b.  al  S|)rin;;fii'l(l,  IVnn., 
S  April,  1S3S.  Was  a  musician,  and  in 
the  Civil  War,  Army  of  the  Potomac. 
Died  at  I-A.*ona,  Penn.,  in  1S67. 

III.  Howard  Cole,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn., 

29  Jan.,  1840;  m.  at  ICast  Troy,  Penn., 
25  Dec,  I SS3,  Nellie  Allen,  dan.  of  Dar- 
win and  Kli/.a])elli  Allen ;  occupation, 
musician ;  res.  at  East  Troy,  Penn.  Was 
in  Sherman's  army  in  the  Civil  War. 
One  adopted  son,  Lloyd  Gamble  Cole. 

IV.  DkLacy  Cole,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  31 

March,  1S42;  m,  Georgia  Conde  of 
Batavia,  111.,  and  resided  there.  Occu- 
pation, fur  dealer.  Was  in  Civil  War 
with  Sherman.  Died  at  Batavia,  III.,  and 
is  bar.  there.     One  son,  Harry  Cole. 

V.  Leonora  Almira  Cole,  b.  at  Springfield, 
Penn.,  15  July,  1844  ;  m.  9  Nov.,  1871, 
Manuel  Gamble,  m.  d.  Res.  at  East  Troy, 
Penn.,  where  she  d.  i  May,  1890,  and  is 
bur.  Issue :  Clara  Leonora,  Ethel  May 
and  Lloyd  Cole  Gamble. 

VL  William  Benjamin  Cole,  b.  at  Springfield, 
Penn.,  in  1846  ;  m.  at  Chicago,  III.,  1 
Nov.,  1890,  Adelaide  Evenden.  Occu- 
pation, engineer ;  res.  Chicago. 

Charles  Cole,  Howard  Cole  and  De- 
Lacy  Cole,  all  musicians,  were  enrolled 
together  at  Camp  Curtin,  Harrisburg, 
Penn.,  4  Nov.,  1 861,  in  the  53d  Penn. 
Vols.  Regimental  Band,  Col.  John  R. 
Brooke,  Commander ;  disch.  at  Camp 

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California,  Va.,  15  Kcl).,  1862;    rccn- 

listed  in  the  3d  Hrigade  JSaiul,  2cl  l)iv., 

20th  Army  Coq>s,  at  Elinira,  N.  Y.,  9 

Dec,  1863;  mustered  out  at  Syracuse^ 

N.  Y.,  12  June,  1865. 

n.  Btri-SKY  Cole,  b.  at  Amsterdam,  N.  Y.,  4  April^ 

1815  ;  m.  s  April,  1835,  Hiram  Root  of  Una- 

dilla,  N.  Y.     He  was  b.  9  May,  1813  ;    d.  31 

Aug.,  18S4.    She  d.  6  June,  1874.    I>oth  bur. 

at  Cuba,  N.  Y.    Issue :  Halina,   Nancy,  Ida, 

Elizabeth,  Willis,  Lillian  and  Fannie  Root. 

III.  Howard  Cole,  b.  at  Amsterdam,  N.  Y.,  24  Oct., 

1817;  m.  at  Wells,  Penn.,  Catherine  Ayers, 
dau.  of  Jehiel  Ayers,  a  physician,  aiid  res.  at 
Gillett,  Bradford  Co.,  Penn.  He  d.  there  4 
Oct.,  1898 ;  bur.  at  Woodlawn,  Elmira,  N.  Y. 
Issue  :  Dorleska  and  Inez  Cole. 

IV.  Alanson  Sylvester  Cole,  b.    at    Chenango, 

Broome  Co.,  N.  Y.,  29  Oct.,  1819 ;  m.  at  Mid- 
dletown.  Conn.,  4  June,  1845,  Augusta  Mehit- 
able  Hubbard,  dau.  of  Ansel  and  Rebecca 
(Hedges)  Hubbard.  Alanson  S.  Cole  was  a 
farmer  and  music  teacher,  res.  at  East  Troy, 
Penn.  Augusta  Mehitable  Hubbard  was  b.  at 
Middletown,  Conn.,  18  Sept.,  x8i8;  d.  at 
East  Troy,  Penn.,  23  March,  1892,  and  is  bur. 
at  Springfield,  Penn.  (Leona).  Issue :  Flor- 
ence Lelia,  Frances  Augusta,  George  Ansel 
and  Lillian  Cole. 

V.  Nancy  Cole,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  24  Sept., 

1S21 ;  m.  at  Burlington,  Penn.,  in  Jan.,  1839, 
Paul  Furman,  and  res.  at  Detroit,  Mich.  Issue  : 
Ella  Estelle,  Edgar  and  Norton  Funiian. 
VL  Mary  Cole,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  in  1828; 
m.  in  1848,  Silas  Wheeler,  and  d.  in  18S0  at 


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Long  Point,  III. ;  bur.  there.    Issue :  Frank, 
Mervin,  Thomas  Benton  and  Ida  Wheeler. 
+  191.    VI.  Amos*,  b.  at  ,16  March,  1788. 

192.  vir.  Jrssie*,  b.  at  ,  i^  Feb.,  1790 ;  d.  probably 

in  infancy. 

193.  VIII.  Betsey®,  b.  at  ,  22  Aug.,  1792.    No  further 


194.  IX.  Naxcy*,  I),  at  ,14  June,  1794.      No  fur- 

ther record. 

195.  X.  Daviki.^  b.  at  ,  10  April,  1796;    d,  prob- 

ably in  infancy. 
X96.    XI.  Alvin*,  b.  at  ,1  Dec,  1797  ;  d.  probably 

in  infancy. 
+  197.  xir.  HIRA^:^  b.  at  West  Springfield,  Mass.,  9  Jan.,  1799. 
198.  xiri.  Almira^  b.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  9  July,  1802  ;  m. 
I  St,  William  Belcher  and  2d,  a  Pense.  Issue  by  her 
Bclclter  marriage  nine  cli.,  two  of  whom  d.  in  in- 
fancy : 

I.  Mary  Belcher,  m.  Josiah  Leathe  and  had  issue 
Josiah,  Henry,  Charles,  William  and  Edgar. 
II.  Angenora  Belcher,  m.  zst,  a  Mr.  Terrell  and 
had  issue  John  C,  Charles  W.  and  Eliza  A.  ; 
m.  2d,  Robert  W.  HofT  and  had  issue  Wil- 
liam B.,  Robert  W.  and  Frank  B. 
in.  JostPHixE  Belcher,  ra.  James  P.  Bennett  and 
had  issue  George,  William,  Charles,  Samuel 
and  Gussie.    Seven  ch.  d.  in  infancy. 
IV.  Thomas  Belcher,  m.  twice. 
V.Charlotte  E.  Belcher,   m.  4  March,   1852, 

Harvey  R.  Havens. 
VI.  W^LiAM  H.  Belcher,    lives  at  Sailors*   Snug 

Harbor,  Statcn  Island,  N.  Y. 
vii.  Sarah  E.  Belcher,  m.  William  Brown. 
Issue  of  Almira  by  her  Pease  marriage : 
I.  AiJiiiRA  Pease,  m.  Samuel  Currier  and  d.  1861. 

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79.  DAVID*  FANNING,  b.  1758,     {David',  Jonafhan\ 
Edmnnd\  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  13  May,  1782, 

Rebecca  Chesebrough, 
dau.  of  John  and  Rebecca  (Mix)  Chesebrough, 
and  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  20  March,  1764. 

David  Fanning,  s.  of  David  and 

Fanning  of 

Groton,  Conn.,  was  b.  in  that  town  23  Dec. 

At  the  time  of  the  Revolutionary  War  he  served  with 
the  Continental  forces.  His  name  appears  as  a  private  in 
the  Roll  of  Cap t.  Jonathan  Brewster's  Company  in  Col. 
Huntington's  X7th  Continental  Regiment  in  1776,*  of 
which  regiment  Thomas  Fanning  of  Norwich  (No.  129) 
was  quartermaster.  David  Fanning's  brother  Elisha  (No. 
78)  was  in  this  company  also.  In  177C  he  was  reported 
sick  in  hospital  at  Stamford,  and  was  discharged  in  Nov. 
of  that  year.f 

He  reentered  the  service  the  next  year,  enlisting  in 
Capt.  John  Ellis's  Company,  also  designated  as  Capt. 
Amos  Stanton's  Company,  in  Col.  Henry  Sherburne's 
Regiment  of  Continental  troops,  23  March,  1777,  to  serve 
three  years,  and  was  discharged  23  March,  1780.}  In  this 
company  was  Corporal  Thomas  Fanning  (No.  i6o)« 

The  Connecticut  Rolls  furnish  the  following  informa- 
tion about  this  Regiment:  ''Col.  Henry  Sherburne  of 
Rhode  Island  commanded  one  of  the  'additional'  regi- 
ments ordered  by  Congress  for  the  Continental  Army  of 
'77.  Three  of  its  six  companies  were  raised  in  Connecticut 
under  Lieut.-CoL  Meigs.  In  the  spring  of '80,  May  i,  the 
Regiment  was  disbanded,  most  of  the  officers  retiring 
from  service,  and  the  men  distributed  among  other  com- 

♦Vide  Conn.  Rolls,  p.  103.  f  IWd- 

from  Pension  Otficc,  Washington. 

{ Ibid.,  p.  256^  and  records 

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in.-inds.  The  rcconi  of  llic  Ur^iincnt  is  idcntiral  witli 
that  of  Cul.  Samuel  B.  Webb's,  with  which  it  was  brig- 

He  served  as  private  also  in  Capt.  John  Williams's 
Company  of  detached  militia  that  was  under  command 
of  Lieut.-Col.  Nathan  Gallup,  stationed  at  Fort  Griswold, 
Groton,  in  1779,  ^^  appears  by  the  muster-roll  of  that 
company  dated  i  t  July  that  year.*  No  further  record 
of  him  appears  on  the  Conn.  Rolls,  and  he  probably  re- 
tired from  active  service  in  March,  1 7S0. 

David  Fanning's  name  does  not  appear  on  the  Groton 
or  Stonington  records  after  his  marriage,  either  in  the 
transfer  of  real  estate  or  otherwise,  nor  is  there  record  of 
the  birth  of  any  children,  nor  settlement  of  his  estate  or 
that  of  his  wife.  It  is  probable  that  he  removed  from 
Groton  after  the  Revolutionary  War  and  settled  elsewhere. 

Issue :  t 
No  record. 

•  Vide  Conn.  Rolls,  p.  555. 

tin  the  Literary  Diary  of  Ezra  Stiles,  n.D.,LL.n.,  Vol.  ni,,  p.  535,  is  the 
following  entry :  "State  of  the  Yellow  Fever  in  New  Haven  Fr  June  15 
X794  to  Sept.  9:  Sept.  9,  Sick  and  not  yet  arrived  to  a  Crisis  David  Fan- 
ning's  Son  »t.  7.  Sick  .Sept.  12,  Capt.  Fanning*s  Son  dangerous;  Sept.  13 
iv*>  P.M.  better." 

There  is  no  evidence  to  prove  who  the  above  David  Fanning  was,  whether 
No.  79,  No.  99,  or  otherwise. 

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93.  JAMES*  FANNING,  I).  17.12, 
Thomas\  luimunti^) 

in.  in  town  of  Southold,  L.  I 

{JiMtftfs^^  James^^ 

13  April,  1775, 

Mary  Reeve, 
dau.  of  Purr  [Furrier]  and  Mary  (I/Hommcdicu)  Reeve, 
and  b.  in  Suflfolk  County,  L.  I.,  in  1755. 

Mary  L'Homincdieu  d.  rx  Nov.,  1827,  in  her  looth 
year.  Siic  lacked  a  month  of  being  one  hundred  years 
old,  having  been  born  in  Dec,  1727,  and  was  bur.  at 
Aquebogue,  L.  I.  where  her  headstone  still  remains.  It  is 
said  that  she  was  married  on  her  14th  birthday. 

James  Fanning  (known  as  James  Fanning  3d),  son  of 
James  and  Deborah  (Warner)  Fanning,  and  grandson  of 
Capt.  James  Fanning,  the  (irst  of  the  name  on  Long  Is- 
land, was  b.  I  Dec,  1 742,  in  the  town  of  SouthoUl,  County 
of  Suffolk,  Province  of  New  York,  in  that  western  part  of 
the  town  set  off  in  1792  as  Rivcrhead,  and  then  called 
"Aquebogue"  district. 

He  did  not  remove  mth  his  father,  James  Fanning,  2d, 
when  the  b.tter  settled  in  Flanders,  Southampton  Town, 
about  the  year  1 763,  but  appears  to  have  remained  in 
Aquebogue  Village,  where  he  had  learned  the  trade  of  a 
blacksmith,  and  which  occupation  he  followed.      The 

Age  69  (181 1) 

house  that  he  occupied,  and  probably  built,  was  located 
back  of  the  Steeple  Church  in  that  vilbge,  and  has  now 
been  removed  to  the  post-road  adjoining  the  church  on 
the  west,  and  is  used  as  a  blacksmith's  shop  at  the  pres- 
ent time. 

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James  Fanning's  name  appears  on  the  records  of  the 
County  of  Suffolk,  L.  I.,  in  land  transfers  in  which  he  is 
referred  to  as  "James  Fanning  the  Third,  Blacksmith."* 
He  was  in  later  years  a  merchant,  and  his  name  appears 
as  such  on  the  Riverhead  Tombstone,  which  speaks  of 
him  as  "a  merchant  many  years  residing  three  miles 
East  of  Riverhead,  L.  I." 

The  ear  mark  of  his  cattle  was  a  "crop  on  left  and  nick 
under  right  [car],"  as  recorded  in  1 796  on  the  Southamp- 
ton records  (in  which  town  his  father  resided),  and  where 
he  owned  large  tracts  of  land  and  meadow. 

He  does  not  appear  to  have  taken  active  interest  in 
the  Revolutionary  War.  He  was  probably  the  "James 
Fanning"  whom  Onderdonk  mentions  as  being  in  1783 
"  a  Whig  (who  has  been  in  North  Carolina)  and  wants 
to  go  to  Long  Island/'t 

He  d.  at  Aqucbogue,  L.  L,  o  June,  181 2,  in  his  70th 
year,  and  is  bur.  in  Aquebogue  Burying  Ground. 

His  widow  died  there  20  Nov.,  1822,  a.  67,  and  is  bur. 
at  the  same  place.     Both  have  headstones. 

His  will  is  on  file  at  Riverhead,  dated  10  May,  1809, 
proved  30  June,  18 12,  and  mentions  his  wife,  Mary  Fan- 
ning, sons  James,  Nathaniel,  Manassah,  Israel  and  Joshua ; 
Eldest  dau.,  Deborah  Grilling ;  second  dau.,  Mary  Worth ; 
third  dau.,  Mehetabel  Fanning;  fourth  dau.,  Katy  Fan- 
ning; and  youngest  dau.,  Nancy  Fanning.  He  also 
mentions  his  female  negro  slave,  "Peggy,"  to  whom  he 
gives  her  freedom  after  two  years.  He  also  refers  to 
some  of  his  children  being  under  age.  He  appoints  as 
his  executors,  David  Warren,  John  WoodhuU  and  Usher 
H.  Moore,  all  of  Riverhead. 

•  Vide  SiiiTjik  County  Deeds,  Book  B,  p.  435. 
t  Vide  Ondordonk's  Revulutionary  Incidents, 

lutionary  Incidents,  etc.,  p.  loS,  par.  756. 

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+  199.   X.  Jambs*!  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  17  Aug.,  1775. 
+200.  n.  Nathakiel*!  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  15  Aug.,  X777« 
20X.  m.  DsBORAH^  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  ix  June,  1780 ;  m. 
at  9  2 1  Feb.,  x  79S,  Stephen  Grif&ng,  s.  of 

John  and  Deborah  (Wells)  Griffing,  third  s.  of  John 
and  Sarah  (Paine)  Griffing,  s.  of  John  Griffing,  s.  of 
Jasper  and  Hannah  Griffing. 

Deborah  Wells  was  dau.  of  Judge  Joshua  Wells  of 
Southold,  L.  I. 

Stephen  Griffing,  who  m.  Deborah  Fanning,  was 
b.  at  Riverhead,  L.  I.,  2x  Oct.,  1777. 

They  lived  at  Westhampton,  L.  I.,  where  he  d.  7 
Feb.,  1848.    Widow  d.  there  6  May,  x868. 
i;  Joshua  GairnNC,  b.  5  May,  1800 ;  d.  14  June, 


XI.  Stephen  Fanning  Griphno,  b.  22  April,  1803 ; 
m.  Mary  J.  Jagger.     He  d.  30  Nov.,  1880. 

ni.  Hiram  Griffing,  b.  25  June,  1806. 

IV.  Charles  Griffing,  b.  10  Dec,  1808 ;  in.  at  Hart- 
ford, Conn.,  7  Oct.,  X832,  Almira  Inily  Gorham, 
dau.  Timothy  and  Martha  (Merrill)  Gorham 
of  New  Haven,  Conn.,  and  b.  there  x8  Sept., 
181 2.      Was  a  merchant  tailor,  and  res.  at 

^  Hartford  where  he  d.  6  May,  1858.  She  d.  1 7 
April,  1S77.  Tliey  had  seven  ch.,  four  of 
whom  d.  in  infancy;  the  others:  Alonzo 
Stephen  Griffing,  b.  X7  July,  X833;  d.  X897. 
Charles  Edgar  Griffing,  b.  9  June,  1837  and  d. 
x6  July,  1874  ;  and  George  Hiram  Griffing,  b. 
24  April,  1839.  The  latter  m.  at  Frederick 
City,  Md.,  13  Dec,  1864,  Cleopatra  Myers, 
dau.  of  Thomas  J.  and  Catharine  Myers. 

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( Ici>r^c  I  r.  ( Iriirmg  served  llircc  years  in  Uie 
Civil  War,  "61  to  '64,  und  was  afterwards  pay- 
master in  the  U,  S.  Navy.   He  d.  1 1  Nov.,  1 899. 
V.  EiX3AR  Gkifking,  b.  25  Feb.,  181 1 ;  m.  4  July, 
1833,  Hannah  Griffing.  She  d.  6  Feb.,  1864; 
he  ni.  2d,  20  June,  1865,  M"«  M^wy  E.  Porter. 
Hed.atWesthampton,  L.  I.,  12  Nov.,  18S2. 
VI.  Deuorah  jANErrrE  GRiFriNC,  b.  16  Nov.,  1813  ; 
ni.  Michael  McCloy.     They  Hved  at  West- 
hampton,  L.  I.,  where  she  d.  24  Jan.,  1863. 
202.  IV.  Mary',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  6  Nov.,  17S2  ;    m.  at 
Riverhead,  L.  I.,  20  Dec,  1  SoS,*  Stephen  Worth,  b. 
at  Southold,  L.  I.,  25  March,  1779.    He  was  a  gun- 
smith by  occupation,  anil  res.  at  Sag  Harbor,  L.  I. 
She  d.  13  March,  1867. 

1.  Fanning  S.  Worth,  b.  at  Sag  Harbor,  L.  I.,  29 
Aug.,  1810.     He  never  m. ;  d.  ,  and 

is  bur.  at  Greenwood  Cemetery,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 
II.  Sidney  D.  Worth,  b.  at  Sag  Harbor,  L.  I,,  30 
March,  1819;  d.  1849,  unm.;  bur.  at  Brooklyn, 
m.  Joshua  Fanning  Worth,  b.  at  Sag  Harbor,  L.L, 
7  Jan.,  1821 ;  m.  2  May,  1861,  Mary  J.'Wig- 
gins,  dau.  of  William  Henry  Wiggins  of  East 
Marion,  L.  I.,  and  b.  there  3  Aug.,  1833.    He 
was  a  teacher.   D^.  19  May,  1869.  Widow  sur. 
with  two  ch. :  Albert  Brown  and  Mary  Annetta 
-203.  V,  Manassah*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  10  Jan.,  1786. 
204.  VI.  Mehetabel*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  28  Dec,   1788 ; 
m.  at  ,  Maj.  John  Skillman. 

She  d,  at  ,15  Sept.,  1834,     He  d. 

•From  descendants.    The  N.  Y.  Gencalo^cal  and  Biographical  Record, 
Vol.  XXV,,  p.  7,  gives  the  date  as  7  Jan.,  1809, 

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2<)5.  VII.  Kamiakini;*,  l».  al  A<|iic1)ogfio,  I*.  1.,  24  Scpl.,  1791 ; 
in.  at  ,  Capt.  William  IVnncy  of  River- 

head,  L.  I. 
She  d.  at  ,  in  April,  1876. 

He  d.  at         • 

They  had  eleven  ch. :    William  F.,  Catharine, 
William,  James  F.,  Joshua  F.,  Mary  A.,  John  F., 
Sarah  C,  Purdy  M.,Rosalineand  Antoinette  Penney. 
+206.  VIII,  Israel*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  12  April,  1794. 
4-207.    IX.  Joshua*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  9  March,  1797. 
208.     X.  Naxcv*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  28  June,  1801 ;  m. 
at  ,  8  April,  1830,  Nathaniel  Vale  Wig- 

gins,  b.  in  Suffolk  Co.,  N.  Y.,  9  Oct.,  1790.  He  was 
a  ship  carpenter,  sea  captain  and  farmer,  and  res. 
at  Grcenport,  L.  I.,  son  of  Thomas  Wiggins,  b.  12 1 
Sept.,  1755.  They  removed  to  Ohio  in  May,  1854.J 
He  d.  at  Berlin  Heights,  Erie  Co.,  Ohio,  27  March,  | 
1S59.  She  d.  there  20  June,  187S,  and  both  are! 
bur.  in  Berlin  Heights  Cemetery. 

Issue^  bom  at  Grcenport^  Z.  /..• 

I.  IsABELLE  Wiggins,  b.  4  Feb.,  1832. 
!i.  Josephine  Wiggins,  b.  22  April,  1834. 

III.  .Addison  'I^omas  Wiggins,  b.  25  Nov.,  1S36. 

IV.  Harry  Fessenden  Wiggins,  b.  12  July,  1838. 

V.  Franklin  James  Wiggins,  b.  30  June,  1841. 

VI.  Edmund  Leb  Wiggins,  b.  26  Feb.,  1845. 

vii.  Fredericic  Fanning  Wiggins,  b.  8  June,  1848. 

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98.  JOHN*  FANNING,  b.  1 757,  {Jamei'.James^, 

Thomas*^  Edmund^) 
m.  at 

Mary  Aldrich, 

dau.  of  Peter(  ?)  and (Wells)^  Aldrich, 

and  b.  at  20  May,  1763/ 

John  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Deborah  (Warner) 
Fanning,  and  grandson  of  Capt.  James  Fanning,  the  first 
of  the  name  on  Long  Island,  was  bom  19  May,  1757,  in 
the  town  of  Southold,  County  of  Suffolk,  Province  of  New 
York,  in  that  western  part  of  the  town  set  off  in  1792  as 
Riverhead,  but  then  called  Aquebogue  (2d  Division). 

John  Fanning's  father  removed  to  and  settled  in  the 
town  of  Southampton  when  he  was  a  child,  residing  in 
that  part  which  afterwards  became  the  village  of  Flan- 
ders, where  he  lived  during  the  remainder  of  his  life, 
and  followed  farming.  This  locality  was  originally  in- 
cluded in  Topping's  Purchase,  Aquebogue  Division.* 

His  name  occurs  frequently  on  the  Southampton  rec- 
ords. He  was  fence  viewer  in  1797  and  1798,  and  he 
held  many  positions  of  trust  and  honor.  The  ear  mark 
of  his  cattle  is  recorded  in  1 793  as  a  "crop  on  each  (ear) 
nick  over  each." 

In  religion  John  Fanning  was  a  Congregationalist,  and 
a  member  of  the  Church  at  Aquebogue.  There  was  no 
Church  in  Flanders  in  his  day,  and  the  Fannings  and 
others  living  in  that  village  crossed  the  Pcconic  Bay  in 
boats  to  a  neck  of  land  called  Indian  Island,  and  then 
went  on  foot  to  Church. 

His  wife  d.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  7  June,  1822. 

He  d.  intestate  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  16  Nov.,  1846.  Both 
arc  bur.  there. 

•  Vide  Will  of  James  Fanning  (No.  93),  Suffolk  Wills,  Book  C,  p.  355,  in 
vhich  reference  is  made  to  "John  F.iuning*s  dwelling  house,"  etc.,  etc. 

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+  213. 

+  214. 


I.  John*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  x8  Aug.,  1784. 

II.  Peter*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  7  May,  1786. 

III.  Mary*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  27  Feb.,  1788 ;   m.  at 
,  Prosper  King ;  d.  at  Goodground,  L.  I. 

IV.  Hannah*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  2  June,  1790;  m.  at 
,  17  Jan.,  1808,  William  Philip  Benja- 
min, b.  15  May,  1780.  He  d,  at  Sayville,  L.  I.,  i 
Sept.,  1853.  She  d.  at  Sayville,  ii  Sept.,  1870.  They 
had  a  son,  James  Benjamin,  who  m.  Joanna  Fanning, 
dau.  of  John  and  Polly  (Benjamin)  Fanning. 

V.  James*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  12  Feb.,  1792. 

VI.  Samuel*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  17  Feb.,  1794. 
VII.  Lavina*,  b.  at  Planders,  L.  I.,  19  March,  1796;   m. 

at  ,  22  Dec,  1822,  Henry  Corwin,  b.  15 

July,  1797.  He  d.  at  Fort  Neck,  L.  I.,  21  March, 
1849.  She  d.  at  Riverhead,  L.  I.,  22  Dec,  1SS2. 
216.  vm.  Sarah*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  19  June,  1798;  m.  at 
Flanders,  23  March,  1825,  Hallock  Luce,  b.  2  May, 
x8oi.  He  d.  at  North ville,  L.  I.,  29  May,  1880. 
She  d.  there  of  La  Grippe,  19  Feb.,  1895,  a.  96  y., 
8  m.  She  left  two  ch.,  Hallock  F.  Luce  of  North- 
ville,  L.  L,  and  Mrs.  Moses  A.  I^tham  of  Orient,  L.  L 

"  Mrs.  Luce  was  a  woman  of  much  bodily  vigor, 
whose  natural  powers  held  out  to  a  remarkable  de- 
gree in  her  later  years,  lliough  she  was  in  her  97th 
year  at  the  time  of  her  death  she  never  was  com- 
pelled to  use  glasses  for  reading,  •  •  •  At  the  age  of 
nine  years  Mrs.  Luce  joined  the  Church  at  Aque- 
bogue,  of  which  Society  she  was  a  member  to  the 

+217.    IX.  Abraham*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  15  March,  i8oo. 
-f-218.     X.  Jacob*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  28  Aug.,  1803. 

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99.  DAVID«  FANNING,  h.  1752.  {Thomis\Jame^^, 

Thomas',  Eiimuihi^) 

m.  at  Moriches,  L,  I.,  23  Oct.,  1773, 

Jane  Smith, 
dau.  of  Col.  Josiah  and  Susannah  (Gelston)  Smith, 
and  b.  at  ,  10  Feb.,  1753. 

Susannah  Gelston  was  dau.  of  Judge  Hugh  Gelston  of 
Long  Island. 

David  Fanning,  son  of  Thomas  and  Lydia  (Horton) 
Fanning,  was  b.  in  the  town  of  Soulhold,  County  of  Suf- 
folk, L.  I.,  19  Sept.,  i7S2.» 

He  was  a  farmer,  and  res.  at  Heliport,  town  of  Brook- 
haven.  L.  I.,  afterw.irtls  removing  to  Greenport,  then  called 
Sterling,  Suffolk  County,  L.  I.,  where  he  res.  until  his  de- 
cease. It  is  very  probable , that  he  also  res.  for  a  short 
time  in  Lebanon,  Conn.,  where  his  eldest  child,  Richard, 
was  born,t  and  where  his  father,  Thomas  Fanning,  deeded 
him  a  farm  of  137  acres,  13  Nov.,  1 773.}  called  the  Throop 
farm,  and  which  he  sold  back  to  him,  30  Aug.,  i775.§ 
(This  farm  was  forfeited  to  the  Government  by  Thomas 
Fanning  in  1781  on  account  of  his  allegiance  to  the 
Crown).  David  Fanning  res.  at  Bellport,  L.  I.,  in  1775 
and  1776,  but  removed  to  Sterling,  now  called  Green- 
port,  during  the  following  year  or  two.  In  a  census  of 
the  inhabitants  taken  in  1776  the  name  of  David  Fanning 
of  Brookhaven  appears  as  the  head  of  a  family  containing 
"one  male  between  the  ages  of  16  and  50,  two  males 
under  16,  two  females  over  16,  one  female  under  16,  and 
one  negress  under  i6," 

♦  Vide  Note  on  p.  142. 

t  Lebanon,  Conn.,  Records,  Births,  Marriages  and  Deaths,  Book  £,,  p.  I  ii. 

;  Vide  Lebanon  Town  Records,  Book  xii.,  p.  36, 

§  Ibid.,  Book  Xiil.,  p.  35. 

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In  Nfiiy,  1775,  David  Fanning  was  one  of  llu*  l)aiul  of 
"  Associators," — men  who  were  in  favor  of  sending  depu- 
ties to  the  Provincial  Convention  in  New  York,  and  dele- 
gates to  the  Continental  Congress  at  Philadelphia.*  In 
the  list  of  "  Associators  "  are  found  the  names  of  Nathan- 
iel Fanning  (No.  105),  Phineas  Fanning  (No.  103), and 
Thomas  Fanning  (No.  38).  Thomas  Fanning  afterward 
appears  to  have  favored  the  Royalists. 

At  an  election  of  militia  officers  at  Southold  on  the  4th 
of  Sept.,  1 775,  David  Fanning  was  chosen  second  lieuten- 
ant of  the  Third  Company  of  the  First  Regiment  of  Suf- 
folk County,  of  which  company  Matthew  Rose  was  cap- 
tain,t  and  Hugh  Smith  first  lieutenant,  and  commissions 
were  issued  17  Sept.,  following.  It  is  stated  that  he  after- 
ward enlisted  in  the  minute  service. J  His  Revolutionary 
War  record,  if  any,  has  not,  however,  been  ascertained. 
The  name,  David  Fanning,  has  not  been  found,  after 
careful  research  in  the  Rolls  on  file  in  the  Record  and 
Pension  Office,  War  Department,  Washington,  D.  C,  of 
any  organization  of  New  York  troops  in  service  during 
the  War  of  the  Revolution.  It  is  proi>er  to  add,  however, 
that  the  collection  of  Revolutionary  War  records  in  that 
Office  is  far  from  complete,  and  tlut  the  absence  there- 
from of  any  name  should  not  be  accepted  as  conclusive 
evidence  that  the  person  who  bore  the  name  did  not 
serve  in  the  Revolutionary  army. 

Fanning's  Point  is  a  point  of  land  just  south  of  Green- 
port,  L.  I.,   separating  Greenport  Harbor  from   Pipes 

Cove,  and  is  named  after  David  Fanning. 

*  Vide  Calendar  of  Historical  Manuscripts  relatins^  to  tlie  War  of  the  Revo- 
lution, Albany,  N.  Y.,  Weed,  Parsons  &  Co.,  1S6S,  Vol.  I.,  pp.  47,  57  and  63. 

fVidc  Ondcrdonk's  Revoluu'onary  Incidents  of  Suffolk  and  Kings  Counties, 
p.  2X.  {Ibid.,  p.  23. 

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David  Fanning  died  at  Sterling,  L.  L,  i6  March,  1812 
(Salmon  Record),  aged  59  years,  5  months,  27  days, 
and  is  bur.  at  Sterling  Cemetery.  His  Headstone  reads  : 
"died  March  12,  iSi2  aged  60"  (see  Note  on  p.  142). 
He  left  a  widow,  three  sons  and  five  daus.  His  will  is 
on  file  at  Riverhead,  dated  19  May,  1810,  proved  28 
March,  iSt2,  and  mentions  daus.  Hannah,  Mary,  Lydia 
Fanning,  Clarissa  Howell,  E'lizabcth  Moore,  grandson^ 
Richard  Fanning  Moore,  son  Samuel,  and  son-in-law, 
Mitchell  Howell,  the  last  two  of  whom  were  appointed 

In  religion  David  Fanning  and  wife  were  Presbyterians, 
she  owning  the  Covenant  and  becoming  a  member  of  the 
Presbyterian  Church  at  Southold,  7  July,  1782. 

She  d.  at  Groenport,  L.  I.,  27  April,  1834,  aged  81,  and 
is  bur.  in  Sterling  Cemetery  (g.  s.). 
2x9.    1.  Richard',  b,  at  Lebanon,  Conn.,  26  Aug.,  1774  ;♦  bap. 
in  the  Presbyterian  Church,  Southold,  L.  I.,  7  July, 
1 7S2.  He  res.  at  Greenport,  L.  I.,  then  called  Sterling. 
He  was  lost  at  sea  while  master  of  a  merchant  ship, 
18  March,  1800,  a.  26  years,  unm.  A  fine  portrait  of 
him  by  Copley  hangs  in  the  former  home  of  his  sis- 
ter, Clarissa  Fanning  Howell,  at  Westhampton,  L.  I. 
(See  photogravure). 
2  20.  II.  Clarissa',  b.  at  Bellport,  Suffolk  Co.,  L  I.,  x6  Jan.,  1 776 ; 
bap.  in  the  Presbyterian  Church  at  Southold,  7  July, 
1782  ;  m.  at  Sterling,  L.  I.,  in  1806,  John  Mitchell 
Howell,  b.  at  Westhampton,  L.  1 .   27  Sept.,   1772. 
He  was  a  farmer,  and  they  res,  at  Westhampton,  where 
he  d.  26  March,  1826.     She  d.  at  Westhampton  31 
July  1863. 

*  ViJe  Note  t  on  page  236. 

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Fifth  GeneraHon  239 

L  Janb  Smith  Howsll,  b.  at  Westhampton,  L.  L, 
X  May,  18x0;  m.  at  Westhampton,  3  June, 
185 1,  John  Howell  Pott  of  Quogue,  L.  L,  her 
own  cousin.  No  isme. 
n.  Craxlb  Howbll,  b.  at  Westhampton,  L.  I.,  X4 
May,  x8xa ;  m.  at  Westhampton  in  Dec^  1832, 
Elisabeth  Jones  Halsey,  b.  there  in  April,  i8x6. 
He  was  a  fiuiuer,  and  res.  at  Westhampton, 
where  he  d.  24  Oct,  1878.  Slie  d.  there  7 
Jan.,  X89X.    Issue: 

L  John  William  FIletcher  Howsll,  b.  at 
Westhampton,  L.  I.,  31  Dec,  1833 ;  m. 
Maria  Jane  Rowley  Cooper,  and  res.  at 
Southampton,  L.  I. 
n.  MoBTiMift  Dbvereaux  Howsll,  b.  at 
Westhampton,  L.  I.,  10  Aug.,  1836 ;  m. 
Lydia  Matilda  Howell  of  Quogue,  L.  I. 
UL  Gbbtrudb  Halsey  Howell,  b.  at  West- 
hampton, L.  I.,  29  April,  1839 ;  m.  Dr. 
E.  P.  Jarvis  of  Centre  Moriches,  L.  I. 
IV.  Claxa  Mnx:HBLL  Howell,  b.  at  West* 
hampton,  L.  I.,  10  Sept.,  1843  I    ^* 
Francis  Samuel  Lyons  of  Brooklyn,  N. 
Y.,  and  res.  at  Rutherford,  N.  J. 
m.  FftAMCEB  Howell,  b.  at  Westhampton,  L.  I.,  28 
Dec.,  x8i6 ;  d.  in  infimcy. 
-I-22X.  m.  David*,  b.  at  Steriing,  now  Greenport,  L.  I.,  9  Feb., 
222.  nr.  Elxzabith*,  b.  at  Sterling,  L.  I.,  19  Oct.,  1779 ;  m. 
there  24  June,  x8o2,  Calvin  Moore,  a  farmer,  b,  4 
June,  1771 ;  res.  at  Sterling,  L.  I.    She  d.  at  Green« 
port,  L.  I.,  2X  Dec.,  1838.    He  d.  at  Greenport,  7 
Feb.,  1847.  / 

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340  History  pftke  Fanning  Family 

L  Rkhamp  FAmmiG  Mocmui,  b.  at 
n.  Elba  Aim  Moon,  b.  at  Greenport,  L.  L, 

'  m.  diere  7  Jan^  1838,  Ebeneier  Claik, 
b.atFiaiikliiivine,L.I.  Has  dan^EDa  Clarice 
Claik,  b.  at  Grecnport,  L.  L,  where  the  now 
ret»iiiiiii*  She  bat  ^**  ^^^  fTatminy  BiUe  iMffaited 
hi  1599. 

Elbm  Ami  Claik  <L  at  Greenport^  83  Aug., 
1876.  Ebeneaer  Claik  <L  there  la  Sept,  1893. 
aa3.   T.  HAII1C4H  Smm*,  b.  at  Sterling,  L.  L,  la  Aug^  1781 ; 
in.  at  ,  a8  Aprilt  1817,  Rofiis  White  of 

EraaUiii,  Debtware  Co^  N.  Y.  Hannah  waa  bap.  in 
the  Presbyterian  Chmch,  Soothold,  7  July,  1788,  of 
which  church  she  waa  a  member  in  June^  i8io.  She 
<L  ^16  Jone,  1849,  *•  <7  T^sn,  10  mos.,  16  days*' 
(aa  inscribed  on  gravestone),  and  is  bar,  at  SterUng 
Cemetery.  .    Noissoe. 

-|-sa4.  TL  SaioiLf,  b.  at  Sterlings  L.  L,  10  April,  1 783. 
aas.  TIL  Munr*,  b.  at  Sleriiog»  L.  I^  a  May»  17S5 ;  m.  at  Ster- 
liqg,  L.  L,  sa  Jaa^  1816,  Bradley  S.  Wiggins  of  that 
place.     Said  to  have  had  iasoe  Julia,  Alfied  and 
Susan,  aB  of  wliom  d.unni.     They  were  Pkesbyter- 
ians»  and  members  of  that  church  at  SonthokL 
aa6.  Tin.  Ltdu  HoKXOll^  b.*  at  Sterlmg^  L*  L,  3 1  March,  1 787 ; 
m.  there  19  liCarch,  1817,  Capt  ^miiam  Youngs 
Brown  of  diat  place.    She  waa  a  member  of  the 
nesbyterian  Church  in  SouthoU.    He  waa  a-sea^ 
captain,  merchant  and  ftrmer,  and  res.  at  Sterlings 
afterwards  called  Gieeuport,  L.  L,  where  he  d.  ry 
March,  1867.  Widow  d.  there  in  Sept,  1870.  Both  . 
bur.  in  Sterling  Cemetery. 

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Issue  : 
I.  David  Panninu  Brown,  b.  at  Sterling,  L.  I., 
25  April,  1S18;  m.  at  Chester,  Conn.,  26 
Oct.,  i844,LaaraL'Homroetlieu  of  Chester, 
Conn.  He  d.  at  Greenport,  L.  I.,  36  Aug., 
1877.  Issue :  William  Fanning  Brown,  res. 
at  Greenport,  L.  I..  An  apothecary, 
n.  William  SftirrH  Brown,  b.  at  Sterling,  L.  I., 

15  April,  i8s3 ;  d.  so  Dec,  1899,  unm. 
in.  Jane  Fannino  Brown,  b.  at  Sterling,  L.  I.,  s 
Aug.,  1825 ;  m.  John  Post  of  Bellport,  L.  I. 
She  d.  in  Jan.,  i88x.  Issue :  Julia  Eloise 
Post  and  Frances  Wickham  Post 
nr.  JuuA  Hannah  Brown,  b.  at  Sterling,  L.  I.,  3 
March,  1827;  m.  at  Greenport,  L.  I.,  6 
March,  1855,  John  Murray  of  Brooklyn,  N. 
Y.,  b.  in  Blairgowrie,  Scotland,  7  Aug.,  t8o6. 
He  d.  at  Nassau,  N.  P.,  r4  Dec.,  1863  \  ^^* 
Greenwood  Cemetery,  Brooklyn.  Widow 
res.  Denver,  CoL 

Issue ^  bom  at  Brooifyn^  N.  Y.: 
I.  WiLUAM  MrrcHRLL  Murray,  b.  30  May, 

1857 ;  d.  29  Dec.,  i886. 
n.  LiLLU  Fanning  Murray,  b.  20  Jan., 

1859 ;  res.  in  Denver,  Col.,  unm. 
m.  John  Caiipbsll  MtniRAV,  b.    3    Oct, 
1863 ;  m.  at  Denver,  CoL,  20  Sept, 
1900,  Harriet  Dunlevy  Steele.    He  is 
a  graduate  of  Princeton  University, 
1884,  a  lawyer ;  res.  in  Denver,  Col. 
V.  Mart  Fannino  Brown,  b«  at  Sterling,  L.  I.,  25 
July,  1829;  m.  at  Greenport,.  L.  L,  Samuel 
B.  Corwin.  Shed. at  Greenport,  Nov.,  1901. 
227.  Dt  Thomas*,  b.  at  Sterlings  L.  L,  6  or  10  Dec,  1789 ;  d. 
IX  Dec.,  1789  (g.  s.  reads  "Aged  28  Hours."). 

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242  History  oftlu  Fanning  Family 

xos.  PHINBAS*  PANNING,  b.  175CS  (FUmm^, 

m.  at  Nantocket,  Mais^  Satordaj,  5  Aptfl,  1777, 

hy  Fknoii  Shaw^ 

Ify^^fi  CftlBtii 
dan.  and  only  ch.  of  John  and  Keaiah  (Folger)  Cofln,* 
and  b.  at  Nantucket  5  Jan^  1759, 

Fanning,  ion  of  CoL  Fhincaa  and  Mddtabel 
(Wdb)  Fanning,  waa  born  at  Aqnebogae,  L.  1,  in  diat 
toealitj  icoently  the  village  of  Fkanklinville,  now  Lanel, 
6  Aog^  1750.  He  went  to  Yale  Coilq^  wiMxe  he  giad- 
nated  (a^m.)  in  1769,  ttodicd  law,  and  removed  to  and 
aetded  in  Nantucket,  Maaa^  about  the  beginning  of  the 
Revolutionary  War,  where  he  practiaed  at  the  bar,  and 
readed  untU  hia  deceaacf  / 

'  •KaaiahFolgvrGoAawM  a  torjdwiagthcRevolvdoMffyWaf^aBd  filled 
MftaUpa.  ShawMaoouiaof BcBJaBiBFiaBklla,wkowMaMnolAUah 
Folgvr  aad  a  anuidMB  of  PMer  Folger,  a  ditdagvUMd  < 

nmiia  Mvd  tatilM  '•MiilaM  CoCm"  wbick 
ghrwachqptvlalluitaelMt  hlalofj,  vUch  ii  kofdsr  dtvolad  to  : 
Fwaiag^coMtihirer&tiiahGQfi^    The  chandtn  ia  Om  aoval 
t»  npuMt  tfw  feltowiagi  ''Jtbto Cogn**  iipiaMrti  Joka  Cofta; 
Goiu^'*  kto  wife  KHliik  Folg«;  «]Uitli  Goiu^'*  tlMk  aM«hl«^  Ka^ 

tiai^betillifMlljtrMlkaltbroagbMn.Cotta'k  eftcit NaittMkct was de- 
chMdafratpottdHiBgtkaEtvolalioM,   SImvmcmiMIo] 
pidanof  bdagatorj^bacaMttlMfNMlooiid^ofWMd  too 
to  taha  ip  Ibr  the  Oaloota,'' bat  WM  alkw  trial  pcnrinad  to  I 

Aftarthalitf  thawaattoBalifitttoiacoivar  aoaM  of  kor  * 
kad  boon  ooafiMatod,  aad  wm  laipiimMd  ibr  kaviaf  boon  a  •VabaL" 

t  A  IWMai  tand^  of  Loag  Uaad,  ptduipo  tka  abaf«%  WM  OM  of  tkf 

ckl  OiunBlfaa  ia  Now  YoA  aad  DshgiHi  to  tha  Cotltalal  Oiagii  at 
Pkfladalpkla.    Vido  Oiawiar  of  Hktoikal  NaaoMxipl^  ale,  YoL  1^  ^  dg. 

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He  d.  at  Nantucket,  21  Dec,  1798,  in  his  49th  year. 
His  \vid.  d.  at  ,  30  Nov.,  1820,  in  her  62d 


Issue  : 

+228.    I.  John  Cophn*,  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  28  May,  1778. 
+229.  II.  William*,  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  25  April,  1780. 

230.  m.  Hetty  Wells*,  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  12  July,  1782 ; 

m.  at  Nantucket,  Sunday,  19  April,  1801,  by  the 
Rev.  Mr.  Bcecham,  Daniel  Wood,  b.  at  Swansea, 
Mass.,  brother  to  Jara  Bourn  Wood,  her  sister's  hus- 
band. Daniel  Wood  located  at  Nantucket,  and  res. 
there  many  years.  In  1840  Hetty  removed  with  her 
sister  Caroline  to  Wilmington,  N.  C.  She  d.  7  Nov., 
1S54.  Issue,  ten  ch.,  all  b.  at  Nantucket :  William, 
Charlotte  Frances,  Edward  Fanning,  Harriet  Fan- 
ning, Eliza  Bunker,  Emeline,  Daniel  Wells,  Louisa 
Augusta,  Ezra  Reed  and  Emily  Augusta  Wood. 

231.  IV.  Caroline  Matilda*,  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  9  June, 

1784  ;♦  m.  at  Nantucket  in  Dec,  1807,  Jara  Bourn 
Wood,  s.  of  Jonathan  and  Lilace  Wood.  Lilace  was  a 
dau.  of  Seth  Wood  and  cousin  to  Jonathan.  Jara  B. 
Wood  was  b.  at  Swansea,  Mass.,  i  May,  x  785,  and 
was  a  descendant  of  Dr.  Thomas  Wood  of  Newport, 
R.  I.  On  the  ist  of  March,  1801,  when  sixteen 
years  of  age,  he  went  to  Nantucket  to  live,  appren- 
ticing himself  to  his  brother,  Daniel  Wood,  of  whom 
he  learned  the  trade  of  a  mason,  and  m.  and  had 
seven  ch.  In  1840  Caroline  Wood  removed  from 
Nantucket  to  Wilmington,  N.  C,  with  her  sister 
Hetty.  She  d.  ix  Jan.,  1867.  Issue:  John  Coffin, 
Thomas  Fanning,  Robert  Barclay,  Caroline  Frances, 
and  three  who  d.  in  infancy. 

•This  dntc  is  from  the  John  Confin  Wood  Record, 
ords  give  ly^S'  * 

The  Nantucket  Ucc- 

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232.  V.  Thomas*,  b.  at  Nnntiickct,  Mass.,  12  Aug.,  17W.  lie 
never  m.  He  was  Capt.  Thomas  Fanning  of  Nan- 
tucket. When  a  young  roan  he  served  as  an  appren- 
tice to  his  brother-in-law,  Daniel  Wood,  as  a  niason. 
At  2  X  he  took  to  the  sea,  which  he  followed  and  was 
in  command  of  a  vessel  for  several  years.  It  is  said 
that  he  con^iuandcd  a  packet  ship  plying  between 
New  York  and  Charleston,  S.  C,  in  which  city  he 
d.  28  July,  1S35,  in  the  49th  year  of  his  age,  and 
is  bur.  there  in  Trinity  Church  Cemetery,  The  fol- 
lowing epitaph  appears  on  his  tomb : 

"Sacred  to  the  memory  of  Capt.  Thomas  Fan- 
ning of  Nantucket,  who  departed  this  life  at  Charles- 
ton, So.  Ca.  on  the  28*^  of  July,  1835,  in  the  49*** 
year  of  his  age. 

*'  Here  lies  a  true  sailor  whom  all  inust  applaud, 
Much  hardship  he  sufTcred  at  houic  nnd  abroad; 
But  the  hardest  engagement  he  ever  was  in. 
Was  the  battle  of  Life  in  the  Conquest  of  Sin. 

"This  Monument  was  erected 
By  a  few  friends  as  a  testimony 
Of  affectionate  regard 
For  the  Memory  of  the  deceased." 

-^^ZZ*    V**  Edmuxd*,  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  3  Dec,  1790. 
+  234.  VII,  RooERT  Barclay*,  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  10  Feb., 

+  235.  viii.  Piii!^EiiAS  Wines*,  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  10  May, 


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105.  NATHANIEL*  FANNING,  h.  1755,         {Phiueas^ 
James^^  Thomas'^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  33  Dec.,  1780, 

Anna  Wells, 
dau.  of  David  and  (  )  Wells  2d, 

and  born  at  ,  4  March,  1762. 

Nathaniel  Fanning,  son  of  Col.  Phincas  and  Mchitabel 
(Wells)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  22  March, 


He  was  a  tanner,  shoemaker,  and  fanner,  and  res.  at 
Aquebogue  and  Franklinville,  L.  I.  He  and  his  wife  were 
members  of  the  Presbyterian  Church  at  Mattituck,  where 
their  first  five  ch.  were  baptized. 

When  the  Revolutionary  War  broke  out  he  sided  with 
the  Colonies.  He  was  one  of  the  "Associators"  who  were 
in  favor  of  sending  Deputies  to  the  Provincial  Conven- 
tion in  New  York  and  Delegates  to  die  Continental  Con- 
gress at  Philadelphia.* 

He  enlisted  as  a  minute-man  in  the  First  Regiment  of 
Suffolk  County  Militia  under  Col.  Josiah  Smith,t  and  it  is 
claimed  served  on  the  Continental  side  during  the  Revo- 
lutionary War,  but  his  length  of  service  does  not  appear. 
The  name,  Nathaniel  Fanning,  has  not  been  found,  after 
careful  research,  on  the  rolls  of  any  organization  of  New 
York  or  Continental  troops  in  service  during  the  Revolu- 
tionary War  on  file  in  the  Record  and  Pension  Office, 
War  Department,  at  Washington ;  but  as  the  collection  of 
records  there  is  far  from  complete,  as  has  been  stated 
heretofore,  the  absence  of  the  name  should  not  be  ac- 
cepted as  positive  evidence  that  Nathaniel  Fanning  did 
not  serve  in  the  Revolutionary  army. 

♦  Vide  Calendar  of  Historical  Manuscripts,  Vol.  I.,  p.  63. 
t  Vide  New  York  in  the  Revolution,  by  James  /V«  Rol)crts,  Comptroller, 
Albany,  N.  V.,  1898,  2d  ed.,  p.  169. 

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His  wife  d.  at  Fninklinville,  L.  L,  ao  March,  iSio,  a. 
48  yrs.  and  16  ds.  He  d.  at  Franklinville^  10  Oct.,  1826. 
Both  bur.  at  Jamesport,  L.  L 

236.  I.  MEHrrAnLE*,  b.  at  Aqucbogue,  L.  I.,  3  June,  1782  ; 

bap.  in  the  Presbyterian  Church,  Mattituck,  L.  I., 
2  Feb.,  1783;  m.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  20  Sept., 
iSoi,*  Joseph  Hudson,  b.  in  SufTolk  Co.,  L.  I.,  iS 
Oct.,  1778.  They  res.  at  Franklinville,  where  he  d. 
5  March,  1S54.  She  d.  there  6  Feb.,  1868.  Issue: 
Nerva  Newton,  Phineas,  Caroline,  Jemima  Havens, 
Joseph  Bellamy,  Daniel  Fanning,  Anna  Wells,  Mat- 
thew Henry,  Nathaniel  Henr}'and  George  Hudson. 

237.  II.  Phixeas*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  2  Dec,  1783 ;  bap. 

in  Presbyterian  Church,  Mattituck,  11  April,  17S4  ; 
d.  21  Sept.,  1790 ;  bur.  Jamesport,  L.  I. 
+  238.    111.  Barclay  P.S  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  12  April,  1785. 
239.    IV.  Prudence',  b.  at  .Aquebogue,  L.  I. ;  bap.  in   Presby- 
terian Church,  Mattituck,  9  Oct.,  1 786 ;  d.  same  day. 
4-240,     V.  Daniel  Wells*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  4  Jan,,  1 788, 
+  241,    VI.  Solomon*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  12  April,  1790. 

242.  VII.  Anna*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  2  Nov.,  1792;    m. 

Frederick  Piatt,  and  res.  in  New  York  City.  She  d. 
in  the  West  Indies.    Issue :  John  Piatt. 

243.  vni.  Nathaniel*,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  4  March,  1 793  ; 

d.  in  the  South  unm.,  25  Dec,  1820. 

244.  IX.  Nancy*,  b.  at  Franklinville,  L.  I.,  24  Sept.,  1797  ;  m. 

at  Franklinville,  28  Feb.,  1833,  Hewlett  Jones,  b. 
at  Cold  Spring,  L.  I.,  12  June,  1802.  He  was  a 
shoemaker,  and  res.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  and  d.  i 
Aug.,  1855.  She  d.  13  July,  1883.  Issue:  Hannah, 
Caroline  Fanning  and  Benjamin  Hewlett  Jones. 

245.  X.  Infant*,  b.  at  Franklinville,  L.  I.;     d,  5  Jan.,  1803. 

•  Vide  M.atliluck  Presbyterian  Church  Records. 

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Z06.  BARCLAY*  PANNING,  b.  about  1757,    {Fkima^, 
Jame^^  Tkomaf^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Nantucket,  Sunday,  94  Oct.,  1784, 

Caroline  Henson  Orne,* 
dan.  of 
and  b.  at  ,  1765. 

Capt.  Barclay  Fanning,  i»  of  CoL  Phineas  and  Mehita- 
bel  (Welb)  Fanning,  was  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  about 


He  was  a  royalist  during  the  American  Revolution. 

When  his  unde,  CoL  Edmund  Fanning,  raised  the 
King's  American  Regiment  of  Foot,  Barclay  Fanning 
joined  it  as  first  lieutenant  He  afterwards  served  for  two 
yean  previous  to  June,  178s,  in  the  British  service  in 
North  Carolina,  where  he  was  captain  in  the  Royal  North 
Carolina  Volunteers. 

On  the  30th  of  Nov.,  1783,  he  visited  his  brother, 
Phineas,  at  Nantucket,  while  on  his  way  to  see  his  uncle, 
Lieut-Gov.  Edmund  Fanning  of  Nova  Scotia.  The  pres- 
ence of  BarcUiy  was  viewed  with  disfavor  by  many  of  thef 
inhabitants  of  the  Island,  wiio  insisted  that  as  he  was  a 
royalist  he  should  be  imprisoned  or  compelled  to  leave 
the  Island.  On  the  soth  of  Dec,  some  of  the  leading 
men  of  the  place  applied  to  the  justices  for  a  warrant  for 
his  arrest,  but  the  matter  was  compromised  by  Barclay's 
departure  soon  after. 

He  m.  at  Nantucket,  S4  Oct.,  1784,  Caroline  Henson 
Orne  of  Jamaica,  W.  L,  the  ceremony  being  performed 
by  Parson  Shaw,  at  the  residence  of  her  uncle,  John  Bean, 
and  in  the  presence  only  of  his  brother,  Phineas  Fanning 
and  his  wife. 

^  Spelled  Orwu  on  Nsatscket  Records. 

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248  History  ofthg  Fanning  Family 

After  his  marriage  he  res.  for  some  yean  in  New  York 
City,  and  later  removed  to  Boston.  Be  is  supposed  to 
hare  d.  in  London,  Eng*,  previous  to  i8o8. 

His  widow  d.  in  New  York  City,  at  her  residence,  loi 
East  17th  Street,  cor.  3d  Ave.,  Monday,  8  Dec,  1851,  in 
her  87th  year. 

+S46.   I.  Edmund*,  b.  at  Nantacket,  Mass.,  r7  July,  1785. 
S47.  n.  Haeuit  Oamf,  b.  at  Nantocket,  Mass.,   98    Dec, 
1786;  m.  at  ,Esra  Reed  of  Boston,  Mass. 

He  was  a  son  of  Peter  Reed,  andb.  at  Attleboroiigh, 
Mass.,  f6  Dec,  1777.  1*^^  ^^  on^  ^^^*y  Harriet 
Ome  Fanning  Reed,  for  some  time  deric  in  the  U. 
S.  Patent  Office,  Washmgton,  D.  C,  and  a  disdn- 
gnished  poet  and  writer. 
248.  m.  TkoiCAS^,  b.  at  ;  d.  in  in&ncy. 

+S49.  XV.  Alxzamdkr  Campbell  Wildkr*,  b.  at  Boston,  Mass., 
,  1788. 
950.  V.  Cakolinb  Oaim*,  b.  at  1793 ;  m.  at  , 

8  Aug.„  181X,  Edward  Bamaid,  and  was  residing  at 
Jamaica  Plain,  Mass.,  in  1838.     Issue:  Edward, 
Aleiander,  Caroline,  Harriet  and  Louisa  Barnard. 
S51.  vx.  JOBW  B— — — *,  b.  at  Boston,  Mass.,  .  He 

was  a  member  of  die  Boston  light  Infimtry  Com- 
pany that  served  at  Fort  Strong,  now  Fort  Warren, 
Boston  Harbor,  during  the  War  of  x8xs.  He  was  a 
purser  in  the  U.  S.  Navy,  and  d.  in  service  at  sea,  on 
board  schooner  ''Shark,*'  94  Oct,  x8s9  (Nantucket 

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zzo.  NATHANIEL*  FANNING,  b.  1 755,         (  GOUn^, 

m.  at  Stoningtoiiy  ComL,  si  Nor.»  17S4, 

BUnbeth  SmiUi, 
dan.  of  Col.  Oliver  and  Marj  (Deoiion)  Smith, 
and  b.  at  Stomiigtoii,  Coiiii.t  x8  Feb.,  1763. 

CH»t»  Nathaniel  Fanning,  ton  of  GObert  and  Hiddab 
(Fdmer)  Fanning^  was  bom  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  31 
May,  1755.  He  was  a  nudsUinnan  in  the  U.  S.  Navy, 
and  private  secretary  and  second  in  command  to  Capt 
John  Full  Jones  at  the  time  of  die  bloody  engagement 
between  his  ship,  the  ''Bon  Homme  'Richard"  and  H. 
B.  M.  ship  of  war  "Seiapis,"  33  Sept.,  1779. 

He  was  commissioned  Lientenant  in  the  U.  S.  Navy, 
5  Dec,  1804,  and  d.  of  yellow  fever  while  on  active  duty 
in  command  of  the  Naval  Station  at  Charieston,  S.C.,  30 
Sept,  1805.  (For  complete  sketch  of  Capt.  Nathaniel 
Fanning  see  Biographical  part  of  diis  vohime.) 

The  widow  m.  sd  Samod  Palmer  of  Stonington.  She 
dl  8  2iCarch,  1840. 

Capt.  Nathaniel  and  Elixabeth  (Smith)  Fanning  had 
rix  ch.,  five  of  whom  d.  in  inftncy.  Only  one  is  recorded 
at  Stonington,  ^'Lavinia,'*  and  the  record  nads  she  was 
*n>6mintheatyof  NewYofk.**    The  following  list  of 
dieir  ch.,  giving  names  and  dates  of  births  and  deaths^  is 
taken  from  a  lo.  lecofd  now  in  the  posseirion  of  a  des> 
cendant,  and  in  Capt  Nathaniel  Fanning's  own  hand- 
writing.   It  is  given  below  vcAatim : 
^N.  Faimnio 
Mazriage  a]|d  Births  of  his 

«*Nathl.  Fanning  &  Elisabeth  Smidi  were  Married  at 

Stonington  the  sist  day  of  November,  1784. 

Births  of  their  Chfldicn  as  foUows : 

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353.    ist.    a  Daughter  still  Bora  the  asd.  of  September,  1 785. 

353.  2d.    a  Daughter  Bora  the  36th  of  February  be- 

tween the  hours  of  Nine  andTen  o'clock 
in  the  Morning  year  1 7S8 

She  was  named  Betsey  &  Died  the  loth 
dayofSepr.  1788 

at  >4  after  6  o'clock  in  the  afteraoon 
Aged  6  Months  and  14  Days. 

354.  3d.    a  Daughter  Bora  on  the  X3th  of  Novr.  1 79  s 

was  named  Eliza  and  Died  17th  Novr.   1793 
255*    4th.    Gilbert  William  FanningwasBoro  Deer,  a xst  1793 
and  Died  the  19th  day  of  August  x  796 

at  X2  o'clock  at  night  Aged  Two  years 
Seven  Months  and  Twenty  Nine  Days 
256.    5th.    Lavinia  Bora  the  xxth  Day  of  September      X796 

at  Eight  o'clock  in  the  Morning. 
357.    6th.    Nathaniel  Gilbert  I  aiming  Bora  x6th  Oct.     x8oa 
at  Nine  o'clock  at  Night.    And  Died 
the  29th  Augst.  1803 

at  Ten  o'clock  in  the  Morning.  Aged 
Ten  Months  ii  X3  days." 
Lavinia,  the  fifth  ch.»  and  the  only  one  who  grew  up  to 
maturity,  m.  6  March,  x8x4,  Nathan  Smith,  b.  in  Groton, 
Conn.,  31  March,  X793,  s.  of  Denison  and  Waity  Smith. 
Nathan  Smith  was  a  farmer  and  Uved  at  Poquonnoc,  Conn., 
on  land  given  under  the  original  grant  which  has  never 
passed  out  of  the  Baunily. 

He  d.  4  April,  1851.    Widow  d.  34  Dec,  1879,  a.  83. 


I.  Nathan  Dknison  Sactth,  b.  14  Sept.,  18x5 ;    m.  xa 

Sept.,  X84X,  Mary  Abby  Morgan,  and  had  Adrianna 

Smith  m.  to  Daniel  Sheldon  Marsh,  and  res.  in  New 

London,  Conn. ;  Frederick  Morgan  Smith  who  m. 

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Annie  Holt  and  res.  in  New  London  also;  and 
Abom  Fanning  Smith  who  m.  Nellie  Darrow  Allen. 

II.  Betsey  Fanning  Smith^  b.  25  Oct.,  1818 ;  m.  26  May, 
1839,  George  L.  DaboII,  s.  of  Nathan  and  Betsey 
Dabolly  and  grand-s.  of  Nathan  Daboll  of  almanac 
fame.  Issue,  George  W.,  now  res.  at  Centre  Gro- 
ton.  Conn. 

in.  Jabez  SMfTH,  b.  I  March,  1821;  m.  i  Oct.,  1853, 
Ellen  M.  Enos,  dau.  of  John  Enos  of  Ledyard,  Conn. 

IV.  Lavinia  Malvina  Smffh,  b.  24  Feb.,  1823 ;  m.  1  Jan., 
1846,  Sanford  Avery  Morgan,  and  resided  at  Rem- 
ington, Ind.  and  Poquonnoc,  Conn.  She  d.  14 
Oct.,  1855,  and  he  m.  2d,  Emily  Edgecomb. 

V.  Nathaniel  Fanning  Smith,  b.  28  Jan.,  1826 ;  m.  12 

May,  1856,  Mary  Abby  Loomis,  dau.  of  Elias  and 
Sarah  (Morgan)  Loomis  of  Salem,  Conn.  She  d.  25 
Sept.,  1866,  and  he  m.  sd,  22  Dec,  1S69,  Caroline 
Augusta  Ingersoll  of  Lee,  Mass. 

VI.  Jane  Denison  Smith,  b.  23  Sept.,  182S;  m.  12  Jan., 

1S62,  Edward  Nichols,  s.  of  Joseph  and  Sarah 
(Tucker)  Nichols  of  Stonington,  Conn.  Resides 
at  Waterford,  Conn. 

VII.  Edward  Stanton  Smith,  b.  29  Nov.,  1830 ;  m.  i  Jan., 

1 86 1,  Lida  Maria  Nettleton  of  Durham,  Conn. 
Resides  at  West  Meriden,  Conn. 

VIII.  Benjamin  Frankun  SMrrn,  b.  7  March,  1833 ;  d.  25 

Scpt»,  1852. 
IX.  George  Washington  Smtih,  b.  ii  Sept.,  1836 ;  m.  19 

March,  1861,  Jane  Lathrop  Crandall,  dau.  of  John 

and  Jerusha  Lathrop  (Bates)  Crandall  of  Groton, 

Conn.  Resided  at  Poquonnoc  Bridge,  Conn.,  where 

he  d.  25  June,  1902. 
X.  Edward  Fanning  SMrrn,  b.  25  June,  1S39 ;  killed  16 

May,  1864,  at  the  assault  on  Drewry's  Muff,  Va.,  in 

Co.  C,  2 1  St  Regt.,  Conn.  Vols. 

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1x5.  THOMAS  EDMUND*  FANNING,  b.  1765, 

m.  in  Isle  of  Wight  Co.,  Va.,  3  March,  181 2, 

Elizabeth  Jordan, 
dau.  of  Matthew  and  (  )  Jordan, 

and  b.  at 

Elizabeth  Jordan  had  three  sisters :  Sarah,  Mary  and 

Thomas  Edmund  Fanning  (Thomas  Fanning  simply 
on  the  Stonington  records),  son  of  Gilbert  and  Huldah 
(Palmer)  Fanning,  was  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  17  May, 

In  early  life  he  followed  the  sea.  When  a  young  man, 
while  serving  on  board  the  private  armed  schooner, 
Weasel,  he  was  captured  by  the  British,  and  with  his 
brother  Gilbert  (No.  i  ii)  imp-isoned  on  board  the  Jer- 
sey Prison  Shij)  in  New  York  Harbor.  His  uncle.  Col. 
Edmund  Fanning  (No.  46),  a  royalist,  being  informed  of 
Gilbert's  death,  and,  in  addition,  that  Thomas  was  dan- 
gerously ill,  procured  his  removal  to  a  lodging  which  he 
had  provided  for  him  in  New  York,  where,  after  much 
careful  nursing,  he  recovered,  was  exchanged,  and  re- 
turned to  his  parents  in  Connecticut. 

The  following  letter  written  by  Thomas  Fanning  while 
lying  ill  in  New  York  at  that  time,  has  been  presen-ed : 

"New  York,  the  3d  of  Nov.,  17S2. 
"Mr.  John  Wickham, 

"Southold,  Long  Island : 
"Dear  Uncle, 

"I  wrote  you  a  line  some  time  in  the  Spring 
requesting  you  to  send  me  the  Bed  and  Furniture  that 
you  made  mention  of  when  I  was  at  your  House,  as  Be- 
queathed to  my  Father  by  Grand-father  Fanning — I  know 
not  whether  it  arrived  at  your  hand  or  not,  therefore  I 
hope  you  will  excuse  this.     I  have  since  seen  my  Father 

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and  for  yotir  safety  rc(|ticstO(I  a  line  from  him  ii|)on  yoti 
for  the  above  metitiotieil  Bed,  which  I  herein  enclose  and 
Humbly  beg  the  favor  of  my  Uncle  to  forward  the  same 
by  the  Sag- Harbor,  Packet,  Capt.  Latham  ;  and  whatever 
expense  or  trouble  you  shall  be  at,  Capt.  Latham  will  dis- 
charge the  same. 

My  circumstances  are  such  at  present  that  I  stand  in 
particular  need  of  it.  I  therefore  hope  my  Uncle  will  ex- 
cuse the  Requested  Favour 

I  have  the  Honour 
to  be  Your  Friend 
and  Nephew 

Thos.  Fanning. 

The  next  mention  we  find  of  him  is  the  record  of  his 
baptism  at  the  Stonington  Church,  12  Aug.,  1787.  After 
that  his  name  disappears  from  the  Conn,  records. 

In  1 792  he  was  res.  in  New  York  City.*  Soon  after- 
ward he  removed  South,  and  located  "near  Norfolk,  Va.," 
(supposed  to  be  Isle  of  Wight  Co.),  where  mention  is 
found  of  his  living  in  1803,  a  "Quaker  and  bachelor." 
He  m.  late  in  life,  1S12,  and  was  living  in  Isle  of  Wight 
Co.,  Va.,  at  that  time. 

He  d.  at  Prospect,  Isle  of  Wight  Co.,  Va.,  i  Oct.,  1821. 

Widow  d.  at  same  place,  10  Dec,  1825,  and  both  are 
l)ur.  there. 


258.  I.  EuzAnETH*,  b.  at  Prospect,  Isle  of  Wight  Co.,  Va.,  7 

Dec,  18x2  ;  m.  at  ,  Jesse  Twine,  whose 

first  wife  was  her  sister  Mary  (No.  261).  No  issue. 

259.  II.  Gilbert*,  b.  at  Prospect,  Isle  of  Wight  Co.,  Va.,  4  April, 

1814;  d.  in  1816. 

*  Vide  Stonington  Deeds,  Book  xiii.,  p.  68.  Confirmed  also  by  old  Broivn 
Bible  in  the  possession  of  a  descendant. 

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+260.  III.  Thomas  Edmund',  b.  at  Prospect,  Isle  of  Wight  Co., 
Va.,  25  Dec,  18 19. 
261.  iv«  Mary*,  b.  at  Prospect,  Isle  of  Wight  Co.,  Va.,  18  Oct., 
1821 ;  m.  at  Winfall,  Perquimans  Co.,  N.  C, 

,  Jesse  Twine.    She  d.  soon  after  marriage, 
and  he  m.  2d  her  sister  Elizabeth  (No.  258). 
Issue ^  one  daughter: 
I.  Mary  Elizarkth  Twine,  b.  in  Perquimans  Co.,  N.C., 
18  Jan.,  1843 ;    '^-  ^^  Windsor,  N.  C,  10  May, 
1S63,  William  Rascoe,  b.  in  Bertie  Co.,  N.  C,  22 
March,  1S41,  s.  of  Jno.  Peter  and  Martha  (Bond) 
Rascoe.     He  was  a  planter,  and  res.  in  Bertie  Co., 
N.  C,  where  he  d.  31  March,  1891. 
She  d.  at  Windsor,  N.  C,  28  Oct.,  1898. 
Issue  : 
I.  Cora  Scott  Xvscor.,  b.  in  Bertie  Co.,  N.C., 
1 7  June,  1S64  ;  m.  in  Bertie  Co.,  N.  C,  18 
April,  1883,  Thomas  Gillam,  of  firm  of 
Gillam  &  Lyon,  Bankers,  Windsor,  N.  C. 
Issue : 

1.  Francis  Gillam,  b.  8  Nov.,  18S4. 

II.  Jno.  P.  R.  Gillam,  b.  10  Nov.,  1886. 

III.  William  Rascoe  Gillam,  b.  16  Dec, 

1 888;  d.  30  March,  1890. 
IV.  Thomas  Gillam,  b.  10  May,  1891. 
II.  MoLLiE  Mhoon  Rascoe,  b.  in  Bertie  Co., 
N.  C,  7  April,  1880;  d.  9  Feb.,  1893. 

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xiy.  EDMUND*  FANNING,  b.  1769,    {GHbert\Jame^, 
77iomas\  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Stontngton.  Conn..  14  June,  1790. 

Sarah  Sheffield, 
dan.  of  Acors  and  Lois  (Cobb)  Sheffield, 
and  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn..  7  Aug..  1 769. 

Capt.  Edmund  Fanning,  son  of  Gilbert  and  Huldah 
(Palmer)  Fanning,  was  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn..  16  July, 
1769.  He  was  a  sea  captain,  and  a  noted  explorer  and 

He  removed  to  New  York  City  previous  to  1792,  where 
he  was  of  the  firm  of  "E.  &  H.  Fanning  and  W.  Coles. 
Merchants/'  and  res.  in  that  city  and  at  Stonington  the 
rest  of  his  life. 

He  was  the  discoverer  of  three  important  islands  in  the 
Pacific  Ocean  in  1798;  projected  and  organized  the 
South  Sea  Hxploring  Expedition,  whicli  was  patronized 
by  the  U.  S.  Government ;  and  was  author  of  two  enter- 
taining volumes  :  "Tanning's  Voyages"  and  "Explora- 
tions to  the  South  Seas." 

His  wife  d.  in  New  York  City,  19  April,  1841,  a.  71  yrs., 
8  mos..  1 2  ds. 

He  d.  in  New  York  City.  23  April.  1841,  a.  71  yrs.,  9 
mos.,  7  ds.* 

Both  are  bur.  at  Stonington.  Conn.,  in  the  Robinson 
Burying  Ground. 

(For  extended  account  of  Capt.  Edmund  Fanning  see 
Biographical  part  of  this  volume.) 
262.    1.  Edmun'd  S  •.  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn..  1 7  March, 

1791 ;  d.  at  New  York  City,  30  April,  1792. 

•Some  sources  give  hU  age  as  ••71  yri.,  8  mos.,  25  ds."  The  date  of  his 
birth,  however,  is  from  his  own  statement  in  his  puhlisbcil  voUimc  of  "Fan- 
ning*s  Voyages/'  and  the  date  of  his  death  from  tlic  tombstone  record  at 
Stonington,  Conn. 

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+  263.  II.  William  Axson",  b.  :U  34  Cherry  Slrccl,  New  York 
•  City,  4  Jan.,  1794. 
264.  iiL  Sarah  Elizabkth",  b.  at  347  Pearl  Street,  New  York 
City,  3  March,  1 796 ;  m.  in  New  York  City,  1 7  Au^., 
181 1,  James  William  Bleecker,  s.  of  John  James  and 
Esther  (Rhinelander)  Bleecker,  b.  16  Oct.,  1787. 
John  James  Hleecker  was  s.  of  James  and  Abigail 
(Lispenard)  Bleecker. 

James  William  Bleecker  was  a  stock  broker,  and 
res.  in  New  York  City,  where  he  d.  5  Oct.,  1861. 
Widow  d.  at  Fort  Washington,  N.  Y.,  in  Oct.,  1875.  I 
Both  bur.  in  Trinity  Church  Cemetery,  N.  Y, 
hsiic^  horn  in  Ncia  York  City: 
L  Sarah  Fanning  I^leecker,  b.  20  May,  1S12 ; 
m.  Rev.  Samuel  Denison,  then  pastor  of  the 
Baptist  Church,  2d  Avenue,  near  loth  Street,  • 
New  York  City.  | 

H.  James  Edmund  Bleecker,  b.  17  Oct.,  1814;  { 
m.  Victoria  Williams,  and  had  issue,  Edward, 
Sarah,  Victoria,  James  and  Jacintha. 
HL  John  Rhineiander  Bleecker,  b.  20  Aug., 
1816;  m.  8  Dec,  1844,  Mary  E.,  dan.  of 
Alexander  Clinton,  m.  d.,  of  New  York  City. 

IV.  Mary  Louisa  Bleecker,  b.  2  Oct.,  1818;   d. 


V.  William  Fanning  Bleecker,  b.  1 7  April,  1S20 ; 

d.  20  Aug.,  1820. 
VI.  Ann  Elizabeth  Bleecker,  b.  2  Aug.,  1822; 

m.  James  P.  Walcott. 
vii.  Henry  Augustus  Bleecker,  b.  in  1824;  d. 

viii.  Laura  Bleecker,  b.  in  1826 ;  d.  young. 
IX.  Juliet  Bleecker,  b.  26  Sept.,  1828  ;    m.  10 
April,  1849,  Robert  Chesebrough  Rathbone 
of  New  York  City. 

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X18.  LEMUEL  PALMER*  FANNING  J).  1771.  (C/A 
iteri^^Jamci*^  Thomas^ ^  JuimuiuO) 
ni.  at  Charleston,  S.  C, 

Maria  Margaret  Yore  (or  Yoeiir), 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

According  to  accounts  by  some  of  his  descendants  her 
father  was  a  German  soldier  who  came  to  this  country 
with  the  Hessian  army  at  the  time  of  the  Revolutionary 

Capt.  Lemuel  Palmer  Fanning,  son  of  Gilbert  and 
Huldah  (Palmer)  Fanning,  was  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn., 
21  April,  1 771. 

He  res.  at  Stonington,  and,  like  his  brothers,  followed 
the  sea.  He  ui.  at  Charleston,  S.  C,  early  in  life,  and 
may  have  res.  for  a  time  in  that  city,  but  d.  at  Stoning- 
ton, 9  Nov.,  1 795,  a.  24  yrs.,  6  mos.  and  2 1  ds.,  leaving 
an  only  dau.     He  is  bur.  at  Stonington. 

After  his  death  the  widow  m.  2d,  Stephen  Bulkley,  of 
Charleston,  S.  C.»  a  relative  of  her  daughter's  husband, 
and  had  Caroline  Bulkley,  married  to  Hon.  Isaac  I).  Stuart 
of  Hartford,  Conn.,  who  lived  on  the  famous  Charter  Oak 
estate  which  his  wife  had  inherited  from  her  f:ithcr.  They 
had  issue,  Ellen  Margaretta  Stuart,  living  unm.  at  Newton 
Highlands,  Mass. ;  Isabel  Winthrop  Stuart,  living  unm.  at 
Hampton,  N.  H. ;  and  Grace  Chetwood  Stuart,  m.  to 
William  C.  Brocklesby  of  Hartford  and  Newton  High- 
lands, an  architect,  and  son  of  the  late  Prof.  Brocklesby 
of  Trinity  College,  Hartford. 
265.  I.  Anne  Eliza*,  b.  at  Charleston,  S.  C,  24  Jan.,  1 792  ;  m. 
at  Charleston,  Ashbcl  Bulkley,  a  merchant  of  that 
city.    She  d.  at  Elizabeth,  N.  J.,  20  Dec,  1S91,  a. 
nearly  100  years. 

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I.  Eliza  Faxxing  Bulklky,  b.  at  Charleston,  S.  C, 
8  June,  1S17  j  m.  in  New  York  City,  29  Nov., 
1843,  Bruce  Archibald  Chilton,  s.  of  George  and 
Mary  (Smith)  Chilton.     Issue  : 
I.  Bruce  Edward  Chilton,  b.  9  May,  1S45  ; 
m.  at  Watervlict,  N.  Y.,  22  Feb.,  1S69, 
Charlotte  Augusta  Sage.  Res.  at  Montclair, 
N.J.   Issue:  Bruce  Archibald,  d.  1871; 
Maude  James,  m.  Lemuel  William  Serrcll 
of  Plainficld,  N.  J.;     Bruce  Mortimer; 
Edmund  Fanning,  m.  Fannie  Deals  of 
Jersey  City;    James  Wilkinson,  Robert 
Mackintosh  and  Joseph  Tucker  Chilton. 
II.  Ann  Eliza  Chilton,  b.  ;  m.  ist 

P>ank  Parsclls,  and  had  issue  Josephine  ; 
m.  2d  William  Haring.  Res.  at  Phila.,  Pa. 
II.  Charles  Henry  Augustus  BuLKLEV,b.  at  Charles- 
ton, S.C,  22  Dec,  1S19  ;  in.  8  Sept.,  1847,  Anna 
Auchlncloss  Masters  of  New  York  City. 

Mr.  Bulkley  was  a  Presbyterian  clergyman, 
and  a  professor  in  Howard  University,  Wash- 
ington, D.  C.     He  graduated  at  the  University 
of  New  York  in  1839  and  the  Union  Theologi- 
cal Seminary  in  1842.     He  d.  at  Washington, 
D.  C,  2  Feb.,  1893,  and  is  bur.  at  Canandai- 
gua,  N.  Y.     Issue,  six  ch. :    Isabella  Wilbur, 
Annie  Fanning,  Henry  Wyllys  Taylor,  Francis 
Masters,  Charles  Caldwell  and   Mary  Wilbur. 
III.  Ash  BEL  Le  Seigneur  Bulklev,  b.  at  Charleston, 
S.  C,  21  March,  1821 ;  d.  at  Elizabeth,  N.  J. 
After  Ashbel  Bulkley,  Senior's  death  the  wid.,Annc 
Eliza,  m.  at  New  York  Robert  Rushton  Boyd,  an  im- 
porter of  that  city,  and  one  of  the  founders  of  the 
American  Institute  and  of  the  Mercantile  Library,  b. 

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at  Boyd's  Point,  N.  Y.  (now  Ogdensburg),  31  Aug., 
i8oo.    He  d.  at  Morris  Plains,  N.  J,,  3  Sept.,  1878. 
Issue  by  her  Boyd  marriage  : 

I.  Catharine  Antoineti-e  Boyd,  b.  at  New  York 

City,  12  Feb.,  1836 ;  m.  at  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  i 
Dec,  1857,  Angus  Mackintosh,  b.  in  London, 
Eng.,  24  Nov.,  x832. 

He  graduated  at  the  Royal  Academy,  Inver- 
ness, Scotland,  1849,  ^"^  came  to  America  the 
same  year.  He  was  connected  with  the  banking 
firm  of  Duncan,  Sherman  &  Co.,  New  York. 

Catharine  d.  at  the  Astor  House,  New  York 
City,  13  Dec,  1893.  He  d.  at  Elizabeth,  N.  J., 
19  Feb.,  1897,  Both  bur.  Evergreen  Cemetery. 
Issue  : 
1.  Helen  Fanning  Mackini*osh,  b.  at  Brook- 
lyn, N.  Y.,  II  Sept.,  1S58 ;  m.  at  Eliza- 
beth, N.  J.,   25    April,   1883,   William 
Alexander  Adair,  and  res.  at  Elizabeth, 
N.  J.    Issue,  five  daughters. 

II.  Robert  William   Mackintosh,    b.    at 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  22  July,  i860. 

III.  Jessie  Grant  Mackintosh,  b.  at  Brook- 

lyn, N.  Y.,  29  Aug.,  1862. 

IV.  Archibald  Wilson  Mackintosh,  b.  at 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  2  Feb.,  1866. 

V.  Josephine  Stansbury  Mackini-osh,  b.  at 

Elizabeth,  N.  J.,  29  Jan.,  1S69. 

VI.  AucE  Stuart  Mackintosh,  b.  at  Eliza- 

beth, N.  J.,  7  Aug.,  1871. 

II.  Robert  Eugene  Bovd,  b.  at  New  York  City,  5 

Sept.,  I  S3  7. 

III.  Horace  E.  Boyd,  b.  at  ;  d.  2  Oct.,  1839. 

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121.  HENRY*FANNING,  I..  177.S,  {Ci//'tr/\J,i airs',    . 

Thomas*,  Edmund  * ) 

m.  at  about  1805, 

Ann  De  Veau, 
dau.  of 

and  b.  at 

Capt.  ITcnry  Fanninfj,  the  youngest  son  of  Gilbert  and 
lluldah  (l*iilincr)  Fanninj^  of  Stonin«;ton,  Conn.,  was  I), 
in  that  town  13  April,  1778.  He  was  a  sea  captain,  ship- 
master, and  merchant.  At  an  early  age  he  settled  in  New 
York  City,  from  which  place  he  made  many  voyages  to 
the  South  Seas  and  China.  In  1805,  while  in  command 
of  the  ship  Catherine,  a  vessel  belonging  to  his  firm 
(Fanning  &  Coles),  he  rediscovered  the  Cro/xt  Islands, 
lie  accumuUitcd  considerable  wealth,  and  built  a  comitry 
residence  at  New  Rochelle,  N.  Y.,  which  at  that  time 
was  considered  a  marvel  of.raagnificence.  In  the  garden 
at  the  rear  of  his  house  he  built  a  tower  resembling  a 
Chinese  pagoda  which  was  called  by  his  intimate  frienils 
"  Fanning's  Folly."  He  sold  the  house  and  property  to 
Capt.  Jacob  Le  Roy,  who  gave  it  the  name  of  Lc  Roy 
Place.  It  was  used  as  a  fashionable  family  hotel  until 
burned  down  about  the  year  1887. 

Becoming  security  for  some  of  his  relatives  he  lost 
nearly  all  his  property,  which  so  preyed  upon  his  mind 
as  to  be  the  approximate  cause  of  his  death.  He  d.  in- 
testate at  his  residence  in  Fulton  Street,  New  York,  22 
March,  182 1,  a.  42  years,  and  was  bur.  in  the  Moravian 
Cemetery  in  that  city.  The  medical  returns  give  dropsy 
as  the  cause  of  his  death.  Archibald  Grade  of  New  York 
was  appointed  .administrator  of  his  estate  5  Feb.,  1S34. 
His  widow,  Ann  De  Veau,  survived  him  only  two  months, 
dying,  it  is  said,  of  a  broken  heart. 
Issue,  one  child: 
+  266.  I.  Frederick  DeVeau*,  b.  at  New  York  City,  6  Nov.,  1806, 

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129.  THOMAS*  FANNING,  I>.  1750,  {Thomas^ 

Richarti\  "rAomis',  luimund^) 

m.  ist  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  4  Nov.,  1779, 

Lydia  Tracy, 
dau.  of  Samuel  and  Sibyl  (Lathrop)  Tracy, 
and  born  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  6  Sept.,  1755. 

She  d.  at  Norwich,  19  Dec,  1787,  a.  32  years,  and  is 
bur.  at  Nonvich  Town.* 

Lydia  Tracy  was  granddaughter  of  Daniel  and  Abigail 
(I-^flingwell)  Tracy,  great-granddaughter  of  Daniel  and 
Abigail  ( Adgatc)  Tracy,  all  of  Norwich,  and  great-great- 
granddaughter  of  Lieut.  Thomas  Tracy,  the  pioneer,  and 
an  original  proprietor  of  that  town. 

He  m.  2d  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  zi  June,  1789, 

Lydia  Coit, 
dau.  of  Capt.  William  and  Sarali  (I^throp)  Coit, 
and  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  4  Sept.,  1766. 

She  d.  at  Norwich,  i  Nov.,  1789,  a.  23,  and  is  bur.  in 
the  City  Cemetery  there,  "  having  been  in  the  marriage 
state  4  mos.  and  20  days"  (headstone). 

He  m.  3d  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  15  May,  1803, 

Lucy  Coit  Ledyard, 
dau.  of  Wheeler  and  Mehitable  (Lester)  Coit, 
widow  of  Eleazer  Lcdyard,  Jr., 
and  b.  at  ,  8  Oct.,  1766. 

Capt.  Thomas  Fanning,  eldest  son  of  Capt.  Thomas 
and  Anne  (Reynolds)  Fanning  of  Nom^ich,  was  born  in 
that  town  18  July,  1750.    At  the  outbreak  of  hostilities 

^  *'  Beneath  this  foloma  Monument  |  is  Interred  |  the  lifelefs  clay  of  the 
once  I  Amiable  &  virtuous  |  M"  Lydia  Fanning  |  the  loving  &  beloved  con- 
fort  I  of  M^  Thomas  Fanning  |  of  Norwich  |  the  daugh*  of  |  Samuel  Tracy 
Esq'  I  &  M".  Sybel  his  wife  |  the  mother  of  |  Lydia,  Lucretia  &  X.incy  Fan- 
ning I  She  died  Dec**'  \cf^  1787  J\L  32  years  |  The  tender  friend  once  fmiling 
as  the  morn." 

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between  England  and  the  American  Colonies  he  took  an 
active  part  hi  the  War  for  Independence.  In  July,  1775, 
he  joined  Col.  Jedcdiah  Huntington's  8th  Conn,  regi- 
ment as  quartermaster,  with  the  rank  of  lieutenant,  and 
reentered  the  service  in  1 776  in  the  17th  Continental  regi- 
ment under  the  same  colonel.  This  regiment  after  the 
siege  of  Boston  marched  under  Gen.  Washington  to  New 
York,  and  remained  in  that  vicinity,  assisting  in  fortifying 
and  protecting  the  city  until  ordered  to  Brooklyn  in  Au- 
gust, 1776.  There,  on  the  27th  of  that  month,  it  was 
engaged  in  the  battle  of  Long  Island,  where  it  lost  heav- 
ily in  killed,  wounded,  and  prisoners,  among  the  latter 
being  Quartermaster  Fanning,  Some  time  after  he  was 
paroled  by  Gen.  Howe  in  order  that  he  might  visit  his 
home  in  Norwich  on  private  business.  When  the  time  of 
Ins  parole  had  expired  he  advertised  his  return  to  New 
York  in  Sept.,  1777,  so  that  the  friends  of  the  Norwich 
prisoners  in  that  city  could  send  money  or  letters  to  them 
by  him.  He  was  afterwards  exchanged  and  appointed 
assistant  quartermaster  to  the  Conn,  forces.  He  suc- 
ceeded Col.  Hubbard  as  quartermaster  on  the  12th  of 
Jan.,  1781,  with  the  rank  of  captain. 

In  1782,  Capt.  Fanning,  in  conjunction  with  sixty-seven 
of  the  leading  men  of  Norwich,  labored  strenuously  to 
suppress  the  pernicious  and  corrupt  practice  of  smuggling 
carried  on  during  the  war  between  the  British  lines  and 
the  Connecticut  seaports,  owing  to  the  apathy  or  conni- 
vance of  the  local  authorities.  In  the  later  years  of  the 
war  this  underhand  traffic  had  a  most  injurious  effect  on 
the  country,  as  the  goods  brought  from  the  British  lines 
were  paid  for  in  coin,  which  finding  its  way  into  the  ene- 
my's hands  greatly  impoverished  the  country  already 
much  depleted  of  specie.  The  traffic  thus  operated 
against  honest  labor  and  lawful  trade,  besides  nullifying 
and  bringing  the  laws  into  coniempt. 

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After  the  war  Capt.  FaDning  engaged  in  mercantile 
pursuits,  succeeding  his  father  as  ship-owner  and  mer- 
chant. He  was  one  of  the  most  public-spirited  citizens 
of  Norwich,  taking  an  active  part  in  everything  that  con- 
duced to  the  prosperity  and  permanent  improvement  of  his 
native  town*.  In  1797,  he  and  Joseph  Perkins  at  their  i 
own  expense  deeded  to  the  town  a  plot  of  land  to  be 
used  as  a  park  or  public  parade. 

Capt.  Thomas  Fanning  was  an  alderman  of  Norwich 
in  1809. 

He  d.  at  Norwich  on  Sunday,  24  May,  iSi2,at  5  o'clock  , 
p.  M.,  a.  62  years,  and  is  bur.  at  Norwich  Town.    His 
estate  was  distributed  by  the  Probate  Court  at  Norwich, 
10  April,  1813. 

Issue  by  wife  Lydia  Tracy ^  recorded  at  Norwich  : 
267.  I.  LvDiA*,  b.  at  Nonvich,  Conn.,  6  Sept.,  17S0;  m.  at 
Norwich,  Conn.,  28  Sept.,  1801,  Charles  Richards, 
b.  2  Dec,  1773.  He  was  a  merchant,  and  they  set- 
tled in  New  York  City,  where  he  was  of  the  firm  of 
Richards  &  Coit. 

He  d.  at  Augusta,  Ga.,  13  June,  1820. 
Widow  d.  in  VVarrensburg,  N.  Y.,  in  July,  1863. 
Issue  : 

X.  E.MILV  Richards,  b.  4  March,  1803 ;  d.  unm., 

25  Oct.,  1850. 
IT.  LuCRETiA  Fanning  Richards,  b.    25    Feb., 

1805 ;  m.  15  July,  1828,  William  IJ.  Farlin. 

She  d.  in  May,  1875. 
III.  Jamks  Tracy  Richards,  b.  29  March,  1807; 

m.  26  Nov.,  1834,  Anne  Thomas  Tracy,  dau. 

of  Maj.  Thomas  and  Elizabeth  (Aver}')  Tracy 

of  Norwich,  where  he  res.  and  d.  13  Dec, 


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IV.  'rihiMAs  TANNiNr.  RiiMiAKiis,  1).  12  April,  iSo.S  ; 

m.  ist,  2  April,  kSjj,  Harriet  lluwlaiid 
IJrinckcrhofT,  dau.  of  George  and  Kli/abolh 
(lluwland)  lirinckcrhoffof  New  York.  He 
m.  2d,  Jane  Antoinette  North,  lie  d.  29 
March,  1S69. 

V.  Lucy  Smuii  Riciiarus,  b.  15  April,  181 2  ;    d, 

4  Dec,  1S12. 
VI.  Charlie  Tr.\cy  Richards,  b.  6  Oct.,  1813; 

d.  S  Nov.,  1S43,  iinm. 
VII.  Henry  Richards,  b.  22  July,  1S19 ;  d.  4  Sept., 
1SS9,  unm. 
26S.  II.  Lt'CREi'iA*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  2  May,  1783  ;  m.  at 
,  14  April,  1805,  Joseph  H.  Strong,  and 
res.  at  Nonvlch,  Conn.  Issue  :  Mary  Ann,  m.  Oliver 
E.  Huntington  ;  Cornelia,  Harriot,  Elizabeth,  Charles, 
m.  Susan  M.  Huntington;  Henry,  George  and  Au- 

Joseph  H.  Strong  d.  i  Sept.,  1855. 
Widow  d.  2  March,  1865. 

269.  HI.  Anne'  (or  Nancy),  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  25  May, 

1786  ;  m.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  23  March,  1836,  Capt. 
John  Lovett  Boswell,  as  his  3d  wife.  They  res.  at 
Norwich,  Conn.     No  issue. 

He  d.  at  Norwich,  11  June,  1842. 

She  d.  there,  5  Sept.,  1 881,  a,  95  years. 
Issue  by  wife  Lucy  Coit  Lcdyard^  recorded  at  Norwich  : 

270.  IV.  Andrew  MuRDOCK*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  20  Feb., 

1804.  He  graduated  at  Yale  College  (a.m.)  in  1822, 
and  a  few  years  afterward  went  to  sea  for  his  health, 
and  was  lost  5  Nov.,  1S29,  in  the  26th  year  of  his 
age.     Unm. 
•271.  Y.  Thcmas  Coit*^,  b.  at  Nonvich,  Conn.,  2  Aug.,  1805. 

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132.  JOHN  (RE YNOLDSV  FANNING,  h.  1758, 
{ThtfMtts^f  Richiirtt^^  Thomas* ^  Etimititti^) 
m.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  15  Oct.,  1795, 

Abigail  Tracy, 
dau.  of  Samuel  and  Sibyl  (I-Jithrop)  Tracy, 
and  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  18  Jan.,  1765.    She  had  sis- 
ter, Lydia  Tracy,  who  was  ist  wife  of  Thomas  Fanning 
(No.  129).     (See  Tracy  dati  under  that  article). 

Capt.  John  (Reynolds)  Fanning,  third  son  of  Capt. 
Thomas  and  Anne  (Reynolds)  Fanning  of  Noru-ich, 
Conn.,  was  b.  in  that  town,  21  Dec,  1758.*  He  is  re- 
corded in  the  Nonvich  births  v&  "John  Reynolds  Fan- 
ning," but  he  never  used  his  middle  name. 

He  was  a  sea  captain  and  shipmaster,  and  res.  at  Nor- 

On  the  loth  of  July,  1775,  he  enlisted  at  Norwich  as 
a  private  iii  the  ist  company  of  Col.  Jedediah  Hunting- 
ton's 8th  Conn.  Regiment,  in  which  his  brother  Thomas 
was  quartermaster,  and  served  until  16  Dec,  1775.  He 
was  appointed  surgeon's  mate  on  the  nth  of  April,  1777, 
and  assigned  to  die  Connecticut  General  Military  Hos- 
pital, where  he  served  until  June,  1 780.  He  made  an 
application  for  a  pension,  25  March,  x8i8,  and  it  was 
allowed  for  "three  years  actual  service  as  surgeon's  mate 
in  the  Conn,  troops."  At  his  death  his  widow  Abigail 
received  a  pension  for  the  service  of  her  husband. 

After  the  war  he  engaged  in  a  seafaring  life,  owning 
and  commanding  his  own  vessels,  which  traded  between 
Norwich  and  the  West  Indies.  He  owned  and  com- 
manded the  sloop  Nancy,  in  which  he  made  several  voy- 
ages previous  to  1789.  He  aftenvards  commanded  the 
brig  Union,  in  which  he  made  three  voyages  with  full 
cargoes  to  and  from  the  West  Indies  in  1 793,  arriving  at 

•  Vide  Note  on  page  170. 

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Norwich  on  the  nth  of  March,  the  nth  of  July,  and  the 
3d  of  Oct.  of  that  year.  This  was  considered  a  remark- 
able feat  at  that  time.  Two  return  voyages  to  the  West 
Indies  with  full  cargoes  were  ordinarily  as  much  as  could 
be  accomplished  during  the  year. 

He  d.  suddenly  on  the  22d  of  Aug.,  1830,  in  the  72d 
year  of  his  age.  He  is  bur.  at  Norwich  Town.  His  will 
on  record  at  Norwich,  d.itcd  5  Nov.,  1827,  probated 
25  Aug.,  1S30,  mentions  wife  Abigail,  dau.  Abby,  sons 
Cicorgc  Edward,  John  I  loward,  Thomas  Tracy  and  James 

His  widow,  who  survived  him  nearly  twenty  years,  d. 
in  her  daughter's  arms  after  one  hour's  sickness,  at  2  p.  m., 
on  the  3d  of  Jan.,  1850,  in  the  85th  year  of  her  age. 
Bur.  at  Norwich  Town. 

hsitCy  recorded  at  Norwich : 

272.  I.  Jane  Ar.nv*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  24  July,  1799.  She 

wrote  her  name  "Jane  Abby,"  but  was  called  "Abby" 
by  her  friends.  Her  birth  Is  recorded  at  Norwich  as 
"Abba."  She  d.  at  the  old  homestead  in  Norwich 
I  March,  1S52,  in  her  53d  year,  unm.,  and  is  bur.  in 
the  family  lot  at  Norwich  Town. 

273.  II.  Thomas  TR.\cv^  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  29   March, 

1801.  He  d.  at  Cincinnati,  O.,  26  Dec,  1850,  a. 
49  yrs.,  unm.,  and  is  b.  at  Norwich  Town. 

274.  III.  George  Edward",  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  4  Dec,  1802  ; 

d.  s  June,  X877,  in  her  7Sth  year,  unm.,  and  is  bur. 

at  Norwich  Town. 
4-2  7S- IV.  John  Howard',  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  2  April,  1805. 
-f  276.  v.  JaiMES  GiLBERi-*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  7  Sept.,  1S09, 

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135.  RICHARD*  FANNING,  b.  1764,  {RUhard\ 

Richard^^  Thomas\  Edmund^) 

tn.  xsty  at  Preston,  Conn.,  17  Dec,  1789, 
by  Rev.  Paul  Park, 

LfUcy  Ann  Park, 
dau.  of  Elisha  and  Margaret  (Avery)  Park, 
and  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  18  Feb.,  1768. 

She  d.  at  Preston,  19  Sept.,  1793,  in  her  26th  year,  and 
is  bur.  at  Preston  Plains  Cemetery,  earlier  known  as  Avery 
Pond  Burying  Ground,  where  her  headstone  still  remains. 
He  m.  2d,  at  Preston,  Conn.,  26  Oct.,  1797, 
by  Rev.  Lemuel  Tyler, 

Elizabeth  Park, 
dau.  ofZebulon  and  Anne  (Killam)  Park, 
and  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  2  Nov.,  1762. 

Zebulon  Park  was  son  of  Ezckiel  and  Marcy  (SafTord) 
Park,  and  was  b.  10  March,  1718.  Anne  Killam  was  dau. 
of  Samuel  and  Elizabeth  Killam,  and  was  b.  16  Jan.,  1723. 

Richard  Fanning,  son  of  Richard  and  Hannah  (  ) 

Fanning,  was  born  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  31  Aug.,  1764. 
He  resided  at  Stonington  during  early  life,  but  after 
1789  removed  to  Preston,  Conn.,  and  was  admitted  a 
freeman  of  town  8  .\pril,  1 799-  His  farm  of  5  7  acres 
was  near  Preston  City,  on  the  road  leading  to  Norwich. 

He  d.  at  Preston,  6  June,  1827,  in  his  63d  year.  The 
inventory  of  his  real  and  personal  estate,  taken  iS  Aug., 
1827,  recorded  at  Norwich,  amounted  to  $1205.39. 

His  widow  d.  at  Preston,  "7  July,  1851,  aged  Z(i  years, 
10  mos.,  2  days."*  Both  bur.  in  Preston  Plains  Cemetery. 

Widow  Elizabeth  Fanning's  name  is  found  on  the  rec- 
ords of  the  First  Church  of  Preston  as  a  member  in  1847. 
Issue  by  wife  Lucy: 
+277.  I.  Henry',  b.  at  Stonington  or  Preston,Conn.,         ,  1 791. 

*  According  to  Records  of  First  Church  of  Preston,  Conn. 

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lyj.  ASA*  FANNINCf,  h.  170S,  (h*t\lutnt\  A'tr/mn/^ 

27to//ius\  Eiimtiiui^) 

m.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  29  Nov.,  1792, 

Jerusha  Brown, 
only  ch.  of  and  Amy  (  )  Brown, 

and  b.  at  New  London,  about  1774. 

Asa  Fanning,  son  of  Richard  and  Hannah  (  ) 

Fanning,  was  born  at  Stonlngton,  Conn.,  20  July,  1 768.* 
He  was  a  farmer,  and  resided  in  early  life  probably  at 
Stonington,  his  native  town.  About  1802,  at  the  time  of 
the  great  exodus  of  people  to  New  York  State,  Asa  Fan- 
ning, in  company  with  his  wife  and  children,  his  father, 
mcuhcr,  brothers  Frederick  and  Charles,  and  brothers-in- 
law  William  ]\i!mer  and  David  ICggleslon,  removed  to 
Chenango  Co.,  N.  V.,  where  he  settled  upon  a  farm  in 
what  is  now  the  town  of  Preston.  This  farm  of  70  acres 
Asa  willed  at  his  death  to  his  son  Jonathan,  and  it  re- 
mained in  the  possession  of  the  family  until  about  1863. 

Descendants  of  Asa  claim  that  he  was  enrolled  in  Capt. 
Aiken's  Shefiield  Company  of  Militia  at  Stonington, 
Conn.,  in  April,  1 782,  serving  one  year  as  a  private  in  the 
Revolutionary  army,  and  that  his  name  was  placed  upon 
the  Pension  Roll  of  Revolutionary  Soldiers,  13  May,  1833, 
his  widow  becoming  a  Revolutionary  pensioner  in  1848. 
No  record  of  the  service  of  Asa  Fanning  is  found  in  the 
printed  Conn.  Revolutionary  Rolls,  however,  nor  does  his 
or  his  widow's  name  appear  as  pensioner  therein. 

He  d.  at  Preston  Center,  N.  Y.,  "26  Nov.,  1838,  in  the 
74th  year  of  his  age,"  so  headstone  reads,  and  is  bur.  in 
the  family  lot  on  the  old  Eggleston  farm  at  Preston  Cen- 
tre, N.  Y.  (g.s.)t 

•  Vide  Xote  on  page  1 72. 

tThc  headstone,  with  others  of  the  fnmily,  has  been  rcmovccl  from  the 
orij/inal  position  over  the  grave  in  the  corner  of  the  old  farm,  and  is  now 
(1903)  leaning  against  a  stone  wall,  and  the  ground  u  in  cultivation  over 
the  grave. 

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His  will,  (latoil  •!  An;{.,  i«^3.|,  ami  rodiril  lo  same, 
dalcd  25  Aug.,  183S,  prohatcd  4  l**cb.,  1839,011  file  at 
Norwich,  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  mentions  wife,  Jerusha, 
and  son,  Jonathan  P.  W.,  whom  he  named  executrix  and 
executor  respectively ;  sons  Richard,  Asa,  Henry  B.  and 
Cristal ;  dau.  Hannah,  wife  of  George  W.  Herrick,  and 
dau.  Amy,  wife  of  Simeon  Gates. 

The  widow  after  1852  made  her  home  with  her  dau., 
Mrs.  Hannah  Herrick,  at  Coming,  N.  Y.,  where  she  d. 
23  June,  1862,  and  where  she  is  bur. 

Jerusha  Brown's  mother,  Amy,  after  the  death  of  her 
first  husband  m.  a  Mr.  Gere.  He  dying  she  removed  to 
Preston,  N.  Y.,  and  lived  with  her  dau.  Jcnisha  until  her 
dcalU,  30  July,  1832,  at  the  age  of  93  years.  She  is  bur. 
on  tlie  old  Kgglcston  flinn  at  Preston  Centre,  N.  Y.  (g.s.) 
Istue  : 

I.  Richard*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  23  Dec,  1793. 

II.  Asa*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  29  July,  1795. 

III.  Jerusha •,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn. ;  d.  at  Preston,  N.  Y., 

"aged  15  years  and  21  days"  [all  there  is  on  the 
headstone  in  the  old  burial  ground  on  the  Eggles- 
ton  farm  at  Preston  Centre,  N.  Y.] 

IV.  Son*,  (not  named),  b.  at  Preston,  Conn, ;  d.  infancy. 

V.  Hannah*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  in  1802  ;  m.  at  Pres- 

ton, N.  Y.,  21  May,  1826,  George  W,  Herrick,  a 
wagon  maker  and  farmer,  b.  in  1800. 

He  d.  at  Corning,  N.  Y.,  25  June,  1879,  in  his 
80th  year. 

She  d.  at  Corning,  N.  Y.,  17  March,  1885.  Both 
bur.  there. 

Issue:  Hannah  Maria,  George  Henry,  James 
Hervey,  William  DcWitt,  Mary  Louise  and  I'lora 
Ann  Herrick. 

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283.  VI.  WiLUAM  Frederick*,  b.  at  Preston,  N,  Y.,  in  Feb., 
1805.  He  was  a  teacher  and  farmer.  Died  12 
Sept.,  1S28,  unm.,  a.  23  yrs.,  7  mos.,  and  is  bur.  in 
the  family  burying  ground  on  the  Egglcston  farm 
at  Preston  Centre,  N.  Y.  (g.  s.) 
vir,  Amv  Gere*,  b.  at  Preston,  N.  Y.,  ,  1806 ;   m. 

at  Simeon  Gates,  and  res.  in  1S38  at 

Dryden,  Tompkins  Co.,  N.  Y.  Issue :  Myron  and 
Asa  Gates,  both  now  believed  to  be  dead.  Asa  was 
in  Memphis,  Tenn.,  in  1862,  and  nothing  has  since 
been  heard  from  him. 

She  d.  in  1850  or  1855  at  Richford,  Tioga  Co., 
N.  Y. 

285.  VIII.  LucvS  b.  at  ;  d.  at  Preston,  N.  Y.,  "aged 

15  years  8  months  12  days"  [all  there  is  on  the 
headstone  in  the  family  burial  ground  on  the  Eg- 
glcston farm  at  Preston  Centre,  N,  Y.] 

IX.  Henry  B  *,  b.  at  Preston,  N.  Y.  ,  1810 ; 
d.  unm.  early  in  life.  Was  living  in  1838,  residence 
not  stated. 

X.  JoxATHAN  P  W  •,  b.  at  Preston,  N.  Y., 
,  1812. 

XI.  Cristal*,  b.  at  Preston,  N.  Y.,  14  June,  1814. 

XII.  Dauchtek',*  b.  ;  m.,  it  is  said,  a  Thomp- 

XIII.  James*,*  b.  ;  said  to  have  gone  South 

and  was  never  heard  from  afterwards. 


+  287. 

+  288. 


*  So  stated  by  some  members  of  the  family,  but  contradicted  by  others. 

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X38.  HENRY»  FANNING,  b.  1770,  *    {Jiichard\ 

Richard^,  Thomas\  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  13  May,  1797, 

Lovina  Standish, 
dau.  of  Amasa  and  Zerviah  (Smith)  Standish, 
and  b.  at  18  Dec,  1777. 

Amasa  Standish  was  s.  of  Israel,  grand-s.  of  Samuel  and 
Deborah  (Gates)  Standish,  great-grand-s.  of  Josiah  Stan- 
dish, and  great-great-grand-s.  of  Capt.  Myles  Standish 
of  Plymouth. 

Henry  Fanning,  son  of  Richard  and  Hannah  (  ) 

Fanning,  was  bom  iS  Dec,  1770,  probably  at  Stoning-    i 
ton,  Conn.,  where  he  resided  until  his  marriage.     After-    ! 
ward  he  lived  at  Preston,  Salem,  Bozrah,  Montville,  Ber- 
lin, and  for  a  long  time  at  Colchester,  Conn.     He  was  a 
cooper.  He  was  admitted  a  freeman  at  Preston,  13  April, 
He  d.  at  21  Feb.,  1825. 

She  was  admitted  to  the  First  Church  of  Preston,  3 
Nov.,  1828,  and  d.  31  March,  185S. 

Issue  elci'cn  chiidren^  the  first  three  of  whom 
are  recorded  at  Preston  : 

291.  I.  William  Frederick*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  15  Feb., 

1 798.    He  never  m.,  was  a  sailor,  and  was  drowned 
at  sea  on  his  way  to  England  in  Jan.,  1824. 

292.  II.  Zerviah  Smith',  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  24  Jan.,  1800; 

m.  in  Nov.,  1827,  Richard  Hakes,  and  lived  at  Pres- 
ton City,  Conn.  He  was  b.  2  March,  1806,  and  d. 
2  Sept.,  1867,  a.  61  years.  She  d.  9  March,  18S8. 
Both  bur.  at  Preston.  No  issue. 
-f-293.  in.  Amasa  Standish*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  6  Feb.,  1S02. 
294.  IV.  Emeline*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  31  March,  1S04  ;  ni. 
at  Groton,  Conn.,  25  Jan.,  1829,  Lyman  Smith,  and 
res.  at  Montville,  Conn.  She  was  a  school-teacher. 
She  d.  s  Sept.,  1861.    Ho  d.  27  May,  1S90.     Both 

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301.     XI. 

hur.  In  ihc  f;imlly  iMiryin^j  j:;roiim1  on  lln?  oM  honic- 

slc;ul  near  Massapca^,  in  ihc  town  uf    Monlvillc, 


Issve  : 

I.  Hknrv  Austin  Smith,  b.  at   Montville,  Conn., 
27  June,  1S34.    Graduated  Bacon  Academy, 
Colchester,  Conn. ;  was  in  War  of  the  Rebellion, 
and  ist  lieut.,  Co.  A,  26th  Regt.  Conn.  Vols. ; 
was  badly  wounded  at  Port  Hudson,  27  May, 
1S63,  and  was  honorably  discharged  17  Aug. 
following.     He  m.  Harriet  Mitchell,  and  res. 
at  Norwich,  Conn.,  and  is  a  U.  S.  pensioner. 
Issue,  one  son,  Henry  Buckingham  Smith. 
11.  Julia  E.  Smith,  b.  at  Montville,  Conn.,  5  March, 
1S40  ;  m.  25  July,  1868,  John  Turner  0'1'ricn, 
and  res.  at  Mohegan,  Conn. 
Hen'rv  J^  b.  at  Hozrah,  Conn.,  30  July,  1806. 
Ezra  Standish^  b.  at  17  Jan.,  1S09  ;   d. 

17  May,  1809. 
BE^7A.^HX  Richard^  b.  at  Montville,  Conn.,  12  Sept., 

Alexander  Newton',  b.  at  Berlin,  Conn.,  17  March, 

Thaddeus  Porter',  b.  at  15  Oct.,  18 15. 

Jane  C  ^  b.  at  5  March,  1819 ;  m. 

at  13  July,  1840,  William  Gates,  son  of 

William  Gates,  and  brother  to  that  Jabez  C.  Gates 
who  m.  her  niece,  Anna  Geer  Fanning.   They  res. 
at  Blanchard,  Iowa. 
Charles  Standish',  b.  at  14  Dec,  1821  ; 

d.  28  Jan.,  1822. 

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139.  WILLIAM  FREDERICK*  FANNING,  h.  1773, 
{A'ic/n$n/*,  RUhuni^^  Thomas*^  iuimumi^) 
m.  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

William  Frederick  Fanning,  son  of  Richard  and  Han- 
nah (  )  Fanning,  was  bom  21  April,  1773,  proba- 
bly at  Stonington,  Conn. 

It  is  not  known  that  he  married.  It  is  stated  by  some 
members  of  the  family  that  he  removed  from  Conn,  to 
Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  married,  but  there  is  no  record 
or  further  evidence  of  it.  If  he  located  there,  or  elsewhere, 
he  certainly  returned  to  Conn,  later,  for  he  was  "of  Gro- 
ton"  in  1796,  where  he  died  intestate  about  May  of  that 
year.  The  Stonington  Probate  Records,  Book  vi.,  p.  do^ 
give  the  following  information  about  him,  which  is  all  that 
is  known : 

"At  a  Court  of  Probate  held  in  Groton  June  7th  1796 
Prefcnt  the  Hon*''  Charles  Phelps  Esq. 

"This  Court  Hath  appointed  Henry  Faning  of  Ston- 
ington Adm'  on  the  Intestate  Estate  of  W"  Frederick 
Faning  late  of  Groton  Dec*  Letters  of  Adm*  Granted 
&  Bonds  taken  Atteft    John  Dcnison  3**  Clerk 

"This  Court  Hath  allowed  the  Creditors  of  the  Eftate 
of  W"  Frederick  Faning  Late  of  Groton  Dec*  6  months 
to  exhibit  their  claims  against  s*  Deccs*  Ellate  or  be  De- 
barred a  Recovery  agreeable  to  law. 

"  Exhibited  in  this  Court  an  Inventory  of  ye  Eftate  of 
W"  Frederick  Faning  Late  of  Groton  Dec*  which  is  ac- 
cepted by  this  Court  &  ordered  Recorded, 

"An  Inventory  Taken  of  Eftate  of  Mr  \V~  Frederick 
Faning  late  of  Groton  Dec*  June  7,  AD  1796  ♦  »  ♦  »  ; 
"pr  us        Henry  Gallup       )  under 
Phinehas  Faning  J   oath  " 


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140.  CHARLES*  FANNING,  b.  1777,  {Richani\ 

Richard^,  Thomas-,  Edmt/nd^) 

m.  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  31  July,  1805, 

Anna  Andrus, 
dau.  of 
and  born  at  1781. 

Charles  Fanning,  youngest  son  of  Richard  and  Hannah 
(  )  Fanning,  was  born  13  May,  1777,  probably  at 

Stonington,  Conn.  He  was  a  farmer.  He  removed  about 
1802  to  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  setded  there.  He  was 
of  Nonvich,  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  17  May,  of  that  year, 
as  proved  by  the  Nonvich  records.  Afterwards  he  re- 
moved to  Avon;  Livingston  Co.,  and  later  to  Monroe  Co., 
N.  Y. 

She  d.  at  Brockport  or  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y.,  5 
March,  1836. 

He  d.  at  Brockport  or  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y.,  31 
July,  1S39. 

Issti€  : 

+302.      I.  Luther*,  b.  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  16  March,  i8o6. 
+303.     11.  Calvin',  b.  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  14  May,  1807. 
-1-304.    III.  JoxATHAN*,  b.  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  4  or  21  March, 

+305.    IV.  Palmer*,  b.  at  Preston,  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  28  Nov., 
306.     V,  Aurora*,  b.  at  Oxford,  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  24  Dec, 
1812  ;  m.  at  Avon,  Livingston  Co.,  N.  Y.,  12  Dec, 
1834,  Samuel  Alanson  Morgan,  b.  in  Sandisfield, 
Mass.,  4  June,  181 1.    They  res.  in  Pittsfield  and 
Ann  Arbor,  Washtenaw  Co.,  Mich*    He  d.  at  Am^ 
Arbor,  3  Dec,  1875.    She  d.  there  18  Jan.,  1890, 
Issue,  eight  ch.,  all  farmers  or  farmers'  wives : 
I.  Franklin  C.  M0RCAN,b.  in  Riga,  Monroe  Co., 
N.  Y.,  2  Sept.,  1836  ;  lived  in  Howell,  Liv- 
ingston Co.,  Mich. 

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11.  JOAN>rA  Morgan,  b.  at  Sweden,  Monroe  Co., 
N,  v.,  a8  June,  1838 ;  m.  a  Fite  and  lived 
in  Geary,  Clinton  Co.,  Mich. 

III.  Ansel  C.  Morgan,  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Washte- 

naw Co.,  Mich.,  38  July,  1840;   lived  at 
Petersburg,  Munroe  Co.,  Mich. 

IV.  William  P.  Morgan,  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Mich., 

23  April,  1842  ;  d.  14  Feb.,  1875. 

V.  Frances  Aurora  Morgan,  b.  at  Pittsfield, 

Mich.,  13  Sept.,  1846;  m.  a  Sleight  and 
lived  at  Bath,  Clinton  Co.,  Mich. 

VI.  Clarissa  L.  Morgan,  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Mich., 

24  June,  1848;    m.  a  McGonigle;  d.  in 
Bath,  Clinton  Co.,  Mich.,  4  June,  1880. 

VII.  Samuel  Alanson  Morgan,  b.  in  Pittsfield, 

Mich.,  6  April,  1850  ;  res.  at  Pittsfield. 
viii.  Emily  Julia  Morgan,  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Mich., 
28  Dec,  1 852  ;  m. a  Sumner ;  res.  Pittsfield. 
+307.    VI.  Silas*,  b.  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  22  Oct.,  1814. 

30S.  VII.  Betsey*,  b.  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  27  Sept.,  1S16 ; 
m.  at  Sweden,  N.  Y.,  10  May,  1843,  Willett  Jack- 
son, b.  at  Sweden,  N.  Y.,  22  Aug.,  1812.  He  is  a 
farmer,  and  res.  at  HoUey,  N.  Y.  She  d.  in  Clar- 
endon, Orleans  Co.,  N.  Y.,  9  Jan.,  1874.  Issue : 
James  Adelbert  Jackson,  b.  at  Sweden,  13  May, 
1846;  m.  at  Clarendon,  11  Nov.,  1868,  Alice  R. 
Glidden,  and  has  issue  a  son  and  daughter. 

309.  VIII.  Mary*,  b.  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  20  March,  1824 ; 
m.  at  Sweden,  N.  Y.,  Ulysses  Comstock,  a  farmer  of 
Sweden.  She  d.  17  Aug.,  1875.  Had  issue  Helena, 
b.  24  Sept.,  1S46,  m.  Alson  Sparlin,  has  seven  ch., 
and  res.  at  Brockport,  N.  Y. ;  Florence,  m.  a  Dol- 
phin, and  res.  at  Ellisville,  Jones  Co.,  Miss. ;  Henry, 
b.  29  Aug.,  i860,  went  West.  Ulysses  Comstock 
resides  with  his  dau.  Florence. 

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142.  JOHN  WILLIAMS'  FANNING,  l>.  1765, 
ijames^y  KivJiitnf*,  U'/itn/titr,  Etfmtnut^) 

III.  al  CaiKuin,  Conn.,  (probably)  , 

Joanna  Nichols, 
dan.  of 
and  b.  at 

John  Williams  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Sarah  (Gil- 
let)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Canaan,  Litchfield  Co.,  C'onn., 
*S  '^"o-;  ^7^5*  ^^^  resided  there  and  in  Shellield,  Mass., 
where  some  of  his  children  were  born.  He  was  a  farmer. 
He  d.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  26  Sept.,  1S38. 
Widow  d.  at  Salisbury,  Conn.,  18  April,  1853.  Boih 
bur.  at  Canaan. 

r3io.     I.  MiLo'',  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  about  1790. 
1-311.    IT.  Er.\stus^  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  24  Oct.,  1792. 

312.  III.  Nanxy',  b.  at  Sheffield,  Berkshire  Co.,  Mass.,  29  Sept., 

1794;  m.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  in  1824,  Elias  Reed, 
a  farmer  of  Canaan,  s.  of  John  and  Susannah  Reed, 
and  b.  at  Mount  Carmel,  Conn.,  in  1 793,  They  res. 
at  Salisbury,  Conn.,  where  he  d.  and  is  bur.  Had 
one  dau.  only,  Julia  Ann  Reed,  b.  at  So.  Canaan, 
24  Feb.,  1825  ;  m.  30  Oct.,  1844,  Harmon  Blake, 
a  farmer,  and  res.  at  Salisbur}',  Conn. 

313.  IV.  Catharinf.  Jane®,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  i  Oct.,  1800 ; 

m.  at  Canaan,  i  May,  1828,  Lucas  Bennett,  b.  at 
Kinderhook,  Columbia  Co.,  N.  Y.,  16  Feb.,  1789, 
He  was  a  farmer  and  res.  at  Stuyvesant,  Columbia 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  at  Ridgeway,  Orleans  Co.,  N.  Y., 
where  he  d.  8  May,  1858,  and  is  bur. 

She  d.  at  Eaton  Rapids,  Mich.,  15  Oct.,  1873. 

Issue  : 
I,  Sarah  Maria  Bennett,  b.  at  Stuyvesant,  N.  Y., 
13  May,  1829. 

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II.  John  Jamks  P.knnkit,  h.  at  Stiiyvcsnnt,  N.  Y., 
I'i  Orl.y  i*^J^;  res.  al  Spnngvillc,  l«eii:iwcc 
Co.,  Mich. 

III.  Joanna  Emza  RicNNirrr,  h.  at  Sitiyvciuint,  N. 

Y.,  17  Feb.,  1832;  d.  s  Sept.,  1S81. 

IV.  Catiiakinp.  Jane  BRNNi^riT,  b.  at  Stuyvcsant, 

N.  Y.,  23  Jan.,  1834. 

V.  William  Bkviirly  Bknnktt,  b.  at  Lc  Roy, 

Gcncscc  Co.,  N.  Y.,  4  Dec,  1836;  d.  20 
April,  1866. 
VI.  Edward  Eras-i-us  Benneit,  b*  at  Lc  Roy,  N. 

Y.,  5  Sept.,  1838;  d.  X  May,  1866. 
VII.  Cynthia Elizabeih  BENN£rr,b.atRidgcway, 
Orleans  Co.,  N.  Y.,  19  July,  1840;  d.  10 
March,  1858. 
viii.  Earl  Stevens  Bennett,  b.  at  Ridgcway,  N. 
Y.,  3  May,  1843;  d.  5  April,  1852. 
"    IX.  Charles  Albert  Benneit,  b.  at  Ridgeway, 
N.  Y.,  3  June,  1845 ;    now  res.  at  Eaton 
Rapids,  Mich. 
+314.    v.  Hiram*,  b.  at  Sheffield,  Mass.,  in  May,  1804. 
+315.  VI.  John  James',  b.  at  Sheffield,  Mass.,  7  May,  18x0. 
+316.  vn.  Edward*,  b.  at  Salisbury,  Conn.,  15  May,  18x2. 

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144.  ORAMEL*  FANNING,  b.  176S,  U^mcs\ 

Richard^^  Thomas^^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  ,27  April,  1791, 

Sylvia  Crofoott 
dau.  of  Simeon  and  (  )  Crofoot, 

and  b.  at  ,15  Feb.,  1770. 

Simeon  Crofoot  was  one  of  the  first  settlers  of  Pittsfield, 
^[a3s.,  and  d.  there,  i  March,  1804,  a.  Si  years. 

Capt.  Oranicl  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Sarah  (Gillet) 
Fanning,  was  born  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  13  Dec,  176S.  He 
settled  in  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  ami  was  a  hatter.  He  was  a 
prominent  man  of  that  town.  He  is  referred  to  on  the 
records  as  •*  Capt."  Oramel  Fanning,  but  there  is  no  rec- 
ord of  his  army  service.  His  house  is  supposed  to  have 
stood  on  what  is  now  the  corner  of  Appleton  and  East 
Streets,  next  east  of  the  Thomas  Gold  place,  which  is 
called  the  "  Longfellow  House." 

He  d.  intestate  at  Pittsfield,  25  Jan.,  18 16.  His  widow 
waived  administration  3  June,  iSt6,  and  Simon  Larned 
was  appointed  administrator.     Inventory,  ji 74.36. 

Widow  m.,  13  Oct.,  1829,  David  Ashley  of  Grafton, 
Ohio,  where  she  d,  2  March,  1S48.  He  was  postmaster 
at  Grafton,  iS 25-45. 

317.     I.  Sarah  Gillette*,  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  6  Aug.,  1 792  ; 
m.  James  McKnight  of  Buffalo,  N.  Y.   Issue,  Theo- 
dore W.  McKnight,  and  perhaps  other  ch. 
-r3iS.    ».  Chester  Griswold*,  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  30  June, 
iiL  Frederick®,  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  13  June,  1796. 

IV.  HE>jRiErTA*,  L.  at  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  19  Oct.,  1798.  She 
never  m.,  res.  with  her  sister  Sarah,  at  Buffalo,  N.  Y. 

V.  Charles  Oramel*,  Pittsfield, Mass.,  xS  Nov.,iSoo. 
VI.  .Alkert  Gallatin^  b.  at  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  8  March,iSo3. 



vii.  James  Gatlifk*,  b. 

at  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  31  Jan.,  1806. 

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151.  JOHN*  PANNING,  b.  1746,       iJohi^Johff,John\ 
m.  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

John  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Abigail  (Minor)  Fan- 
ning, and  the  fourth  of  the  name  in  direct  descent,  was 
born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  9  Nov.^  1746.  He,  with  his  two 
brothers,  Joslma  and  Siroeon,  accompanied  his  parents 
to  New  Hampshire  in  April,  1 766,  and  lived  for  a  time 
at  Walpole,  but  afterwards  setded  at  Little  Egg  Harbor, 
N.  J.  He  was  among  the  first  naval  officers  appointed 
by  the  Continental  Congress,  and  in  the  winter  of  1775 
was  3d  lieutenant  under  Commodore  Esck  Hopkins,  who 
was  commander  of  the  first  American  naval  fleet  ever 
organized.  He  received  his  commission  as  lieutenant  on 
the  22d  of  Dec,  1775. 

Owing  to  the  irregularity  of  the  American  naval  ser- 
vice at  the  time,  Lieutenant  Fanning,  like  many  other 
naval  officers,  was  frequently  idle  for  months,  and  often 
obliged  to  seek  service  in  a  privateer.  In  1776  he  was 
given  the  command  of  the  Connecticut  sloop  of  war 
Mifflin,  with  which  he  captured  several  prizes.  While 
cruising  off  the  coast  of  Virginia  the  vessel  was  wrecked 
and  seventeen  of  the  crew  perished.  After  the  wreck  of 
the  Mifflin,  Lieut.  Fanning  commanded  a  privateer  with 
which  he  seized  several  of  the  enemy's  merchant  vessels. 
He  afterwards  served  under  Capt.  James  Nichols  in  the 
frigate  Virginia.  This  vessel  mounted  2S  guns,  and  was 
one  of  the  new  frigates  which  Congress  had  ordered,  be- 
ing placed  in  commission  in  Jan.,  177S.  While  sailing 
through  Chesapeake  Bay  at  night  the  Virginia  grounded. 
In  the  morning,  two  British  warships  being  seen  nearby, 

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C:i|>i.  Ni<:hols  aiitl  his  crow  loi>k  to  the  boats  and  esrnpcd 
asliore.  The  vessel  was  ilcslroyed  by  llic  Hrilislt,  and 
Lieut.  Fanning  was  captured.  Capt.  Nichols  aftenvards 
commanded  tlie  'rruml)ull,  in  which  Fanning  served  as 
first  lieutenant.  In  Aug.,  1781,  when  off  Delaware,  the 
Trumbull  lost  her  foretopmast  and  maintopgallantmast. 
In  this  crippled  condition  .she  was  encountered  by  the 
British  frigate  Iris,  and,  after  a  severe  conflict,  was  obliged 
to  surrender,  another  Uritisli  warship,  the  General  Monk, 
having  appeared  on  the  scene  of  action.  Thus,  for  the 
second  time,  was  Lieut.  Fanning  captured  and  taken 
prisoner  to  New  York.* 

.•\fter  the  close  of  the  war  John  Fanning  went  to  France 
for  the  purpose  of  obtaining  a  command  in  the  navy.  He 
was  accidentally  drowned  while  off  the  coast  of  France, 
and  was  buried  with  military  honors  in  consequence  of 
having  been  first  lieutenant  of  the  Trumbull. 

324.  I.  Daughter*,  b.  at 

residing  at  Philadelphia 

in  1804.    No  further  record. 

*  Vide  Memoir  of  John  Fanning  Watson,  by  Benjamin  Dorr,  D.  D.,  Phila- 
delphia, 1S61,  p.  4S. 

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152.  JOSHUA*  PANNING,  b.  174S,  {J^hn\Johu', 

m.  at  Philadelphia,  Penn.,  in  the  Pint  Presby- 
terian Church,  36  Jan.,  1773, 

Ann  Read, 
dan.  of 

and  b*at 

i  Lieut.  Joshua  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Abigail  (Minor) 

Fanning,  was  bom  at  Groton,  Conn.,  6  Septi,  1748. 

In  1 766  he  accompanied  his  father  to  Walpole,  N.  H., 
and  resided  there  a  feir  yean,  afterwards  removing  to 
Egg  Harbor,  N*  J.,  where  he  married  Ann  Read,  a  sister 

'  of  Capt  John  Read  of  the  U.  S.  Infantry,  a  brave  officer 

who  was  wounded  in  St.  Clair's  defeat,  and  afterwards 
died  at  Fort  Wayne,  it  is  said,  in  Dec.,  1 795. 

Joshua  Fanning,  like  his  brothers,  Simeon  and  John, 
followed  the  sea,  and  became  an  officer  in  the  American 
Navy.  At  the  outbreak  of  the  War  of  the  Revolution  he 
was  an  enthusiastic  supporter  of  his  country's  cause.  He 
was  first  lieutenant  of  the  frigate  Randolph  when  she  was 

j  blown  up  in  action  with  the  British  ship  Yarmouth.  The 

''Randolph,'*  thirty-two  guns,  built  at  Philadelphia,  was 

I  one  of  thirteen  vesseb  of  war  ordered  constructed  by 

I  Congress  in  Dec,  1775.     She  was  under  command 

of  Ciqpt.  Nicholas  Biddle,  and  sailed  on  her  first  cruise 

j  eariy  in  Jan.,  1777,  and  met  with  great  success  that  year. 

{  On  the  7th  of  March,  1778,  between  9  and  10  o'clock 

in  the  evening,  while  cruising  off  the  east  coast  of  Bar- 

!  badoes,  she  encountered  the  British  ship  Yarmouth,  64 

guns,  and  blew  up  while  in  action,  the  vessels  being  close 
together  at  the  time.    Of  the  crcw  of  315  officers  and 
men  only  four  survived.    The  rest  perished,  including 
Commander  Biddle  and  Lieut.  Fanning. 
325.  I.  Polly*,  b.  at  ;  m.  at  ,  John 

Hobbs,  and  res.  in  Bucks  Co.,  Penn. 

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157.  WALTER*  PANNING,  b.  1747.  {JlUmm^^ 

XBu  at  Flrtitoa,  Conn.,  6  Nor.,  1771,  •  .  > ''^^ 

Grace  Benjaiaiiiy4 
dan* ofDaiiiel and  Fhebe  (  )  Benjamin,'     •  •v't*^ 

and  b.  at  in  1748.  ,  ;^.:| 

Damid  Benjaaiin  waa  b.  17  Sq>t,  1714,  and  waa  a.W, 
Joaeph  and  Eliabeth  (Coke)  Benjamin  who  woe  m*  at! 
IVeiton,  as  Ang^  1698.  There  ia  no  record  at  A«atbn  of^ 
Danid^s  maxriafe  or  of  die  birth  of  hia  ch^  .taaeptiujA 
Bei^amtn;  b.  ao  March,  1756.  Daniel  Benjaadnli  daa^ 
Eliabedi,  m.  to  George  Darrow,  Jr.,  and  Grace,  m.1oJ 
Waiter  Fanning^  were  both  named  after  liia  :(DanidV)l 
aiatera.    Danid  Benfamin  d.  at  Preaton,  30  Jn^,  X75&'<^ 

Walter  Fanning,  ion  of  Thomaa  and  Elisabeth  (Ca»? 
imm)  Fanning^  waa  bom  at  Grottm,  Conn.,  ao  Majr,- 1747^ 
He  setded  in  fteaton,  where  he  was  admitted  a  fieemani 
13  April,  r  77a.  Hia  fimn  adjoined  whi^  is  now  known  ai| 
Squire  Cook's  fivm,  beyond  Glasgow,  and  between  tfaait- 
▼ihage  and  Vohmtown,  in  the  town  of  GriswohL  He-war' 
of  Vohmfeown  ia  i789.*  .*.     ; ^J 

Soon  after  1790  he  settled  in  New  York  State,  and  16-'; 
cated  on  the  aovdi  side  of  Schoharie  Creek,  at  what  waar 
then  Blenheim,  in  the  Coontjr  of  Schoharie.  It  waa  '&1 
that  part  of  Blenhdm  ajiich  waa,  fai  r845,  taken  to  temii 
part  of  the  new  town  of  Gflboa. ,  He  waa  of  Freehold^ 
Town,  Greene  Co.,  N.  Y.,  83  Nor.,  i7^t  \  '^^^i 
Walter  Fannl^gNenlisted  aa  a  private  on  Ae%st  olL] 
for  troopa,  9  Mqr,  1775,  in  Capt.  Waterman  Clift*s  ^x&| 
*  Company  in  CoL  Samnd  H.  Fuiona'  6th  Regiment^  re- ^ 
Giuited  fiom  New  Londcm,  Hartibrd  and  Middlcaex^ 

•VldsGffoCoiiDcadi»BoakzL,p.65.  \     '/  s^^ 

t  Vide  New  Yotk  Ctaadogkal  and  Biognphkal  Rccoid,VoLnxnL,f^1 

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Fifth  GtiuroHon  jgj 

Counties,  Conn,  and  mved  through  the  ww.    Bb  de- 
•cendMH  atate  that  he  was  nuurter  annoicr  or  gnnsnidL 
He  d.  at  Blenheim,  town  of  Braone,  (now  Gilboa.) 
Schoharie  Co,  N.  Y,  19  April,  iSao,  a.  7.. 

Widow  d,  at  Blenheim,  N.  y,  a  July,  i«3., ..  84,  aod 
both  bar.  theie  (g.  s.) 

Imu,  ikimen  tkiUnn,  Oufirttfymr  «/miMs 

3t6.  t  CiraAum^  h.  at  Ftaston,  Coon,  sr  Aog,  177a;  «. 

•*  New  Concotd^  Cohnnbia  Co,  N.Y,  la  April, 

i79».  Andiew  Oariee,  a  fimner,  kat  New  Coaconl, 

N.  Y,  6  Aog;,  1766.    She  was  a  achool-teacher  at 

New  London,  Conn,  before  maniage.  In  1830  they 
were  Kriqg  at  Austeriits,  C<rinmbia  Co,  N.  Y. 

He  d.  at  Canaan,  Colombia  Co,  N.  Y,  a6  ApriL 
i8S>>    Bar.  at  Lenox,  BeriEshlie  Co,  Mass. 

Widow  d.  at  Sogar  Creek,  Oarite  Q>,  Mb,  a* 
March,  iMa.    Bur.  at  St  Fkandsrille,  Chrke  Co, 

I.  Fawnt  CLtan,  b.  in  Chatham,  N.Y,  a6  Jaa, 
1799 ;  d.  at  ,  ,0  Jan,  r«3r.  Bur. 

at  New  Concord,  Cotambia  Co,  N.  Y. 
n.  Fanmicx  Eumno  Cuuuci,  b.  at  n««fc«^ 
N.  Y,  a6  Oct,  1793.  He  wasastooe  masoa! 
D.  at  Chatham,  a  Jaa,  z8a3. 
m.  HBBua  Cuuua,  b.  at  Chadiam,  N.  Y,  %^ 

Oct,  i79«.  He  rei.  at  IVojr,  N.  Y,  wheie  he 
was  killed  30  Ang,  1834. 

I*.  CUBH*  Cunn,  h.  at  Chatham,  N.  Y,  4 
April,  1798.  She  was  ataiIoRSi^ 
Sandiafidd.  Maak,  a7  Not,  1870.  - 

T.  Cmbuums  Clabk^  b.  at  Chatham,  N.  Y,  4 
Sept,  1800.    She  d.  at  SanHf^yM  MaasT 

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▼lWbulsr  Hutchdoqw  Cluuo^  b.  at  Red 
Rock,  N.  Y.,  96  Feb^  1803 ;  bl  at  Hudaon, 
N.  Y. ;  waa  a  lawyer  aod  rea»  at  New  Yoik 
▼n.  ELIZ4  Ann  Claux,  b.  at  Red  Ro^  N.  Y.,  5 
^         May,  1805 ;   m.  at  Lenox,  Maaa^  and  tea. 
there.   She  d.  and  waa  bur.  at  Linay,  Clarfce 
COa,  Mo* 
▼m:  Chloi  Claxo,  b.  at  Red  Rock,  N.  Y.,  so 
March,  1807 ;  m.  at  Lenox,  MaiB^  where  die 
Ihred,  and  dL  z8  March,  1847. 
OL  ADDiqoir  Claxkx,  b.  at  Red  Rock,  N.  Y.,  5 
July,  1810.    He  was  a  fiurmer,  and  Ihed  at 
Sugar  Cred^  Clarice  Co.,  Mo^  where  he  d. 
97  Feb.,  1874. 
X.  Anbrxw  Clarxx,  b.  at  Hudson,  N.  Y.,  15  Dec, 
1813 ;  m.  at  Canaan,  N.  Y.,  97  Nor.,  1839, 
Sarah  Ann  Van  Cott.    He  was  a  physidaa, 
and  res.  at  Clackamas,  Ore.,  where  he  d.  15' 
Jan.,  1887.      Issue:    Andrew  Lode,  Sarah 
Ellen,  Lewis,  and  Charies  Fanning  Clarke. 
XL  Maua  DofGiiAN  Clakxx,  b.  at  Hudson,  N.  Y., 
25  Dec,  1815 ;  xBu  at  Lenox,  Mass^  Come- 
Hus  Butler.  She  d.  at  Lenox,  4  March,  1897. 
Issue :  Andrew  Clarke,  Albert  Cornelius,  Sa- 
;  rah  Maria,  and  George  Frederick  Buder. 

+3a7.  n.  Joanna^  b.  at  Resloo,  Conn.,  13  Aug.,  1774. 
+3e8.  OL  BmjAMni*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  30  Aug^  1776. 
+319.  IT.  Itencas^  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  6  Sept.,  1778. 
330.  ▼•  Ftaa^,  b.  at  Pleslon,  Conn^  3  April,  1780;  m.  at 
Schoharie,  N.  Y.,  3  Oct.,  1798,  Nathan  Slarens,  a 
shoemaker,  and  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.  Y.,  as  Jan.,  1777. 
They  res.  at  Schoharie  until  about  1814,  when  diey  ~ 
remored  to  Marion,  Wayne  Co.,  N.  Y.,  where  he  d. 

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Fifth  Generation  285 

irMay,  1847.    She  d  17  Aug.,  1855,  a.  75  jn^  4 
mot.,  14  dt.    Bodi  bur.  at  Pdmyim,  V.  T. 
L  Hdum  Stsvims,  Ik  at  Scboharie,  N,  Y.,  it 

.  Mnch,  1803. 
n.  HaiOLioir  9n?ni8p  b.  at  Sdidiarie,  N.  T.,  13 

Sept,  1805. 
nL  Sally  9n?ni8p  b.  at  Scholiarie^  N.Y.,  14  Nor^ 

rr.  WnxiAM  9n?ni8p  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.  T.,  7  'd>t 

T.  WiLm  Sn?ni8p  b.  at  Schoharie,  N/Y^  §3 

April,  1813. 
n.  Bnanr  SnnEm,  b.  at  Marion,  N.  Y^  18  Mqr, 

▼B.  Samuel  SnnEia,  b.  at  Marion,  N.  Y.,  19  Oct, 

▼nL  Kkhaid  SnnEia,  b.  at  Marion,  M.Y.,  18  Nor., 


nt  Fhkbb  Amr  Snnmn,  b.  at  Marion,  N.  Y^  98 
Deci,'  1895. 
331.  yLEuzanm*,  b.  at  Fkeston,  Conn.,  aa  April,  1781;  m/ 
at  ,  Cahrin  Cnrtia.   Rea.  at  Moimvia,  N. 

Y.,  where  he  d.  7  Feb.,  1861,  a.  79  yn.  She  d.  95 
Feb.,  1863,  a.  8f  yn.,  10  moa.,  3  da.  llie  follow^ 
big  obilnafy  notice  of.hcr  haa  been  pieienrcd  * 

«Died»— Ihthetom  of  Moimria,  N.Y.,  Feb. 
tfth,  1863,  of  consnmption,  Mn.  Eliiabeth  Cnrtn,  ' 
widoir  of  the  hte  Calvin  Cortii,  aged  80  yeaxa* 

"Mia.  Citfus  waa  boni  ui  Pwttoni  Cdnn.,  and 
'  came  to  thia  Coimtj  with  her  husband  about  thiitj 
yean  ago.  She  was  a  woman  of  the  highest  eueU 
lenceof  chancter,and  wise  and  well-infonned  mind. 
She  was  a  devoted  wife  and  mother,  and  a  gener- 
oas  and  tender-hearted  Christian,  helping  the  friend* 

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a86  History  0/thg  Fanmng  FamUy 

lew,  and  feeling  for  the  oppretted.  She  had  abcoed 
and  exalted  fiuth,  and  died  leiendy  in  the  bdief  of 
untvenal  rettoiation*  Her  fbnenl  was  attended  on 
Feb.  a6th." 

Inne :  Ann  and  Daniel  Cutit. 
+33t.  TO.  J<Miii*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  t  Ang.,  1783. 
333*  yuL  Saxah*,  h.  at  Preston,  Cdnn.,  15  Oct,  1785 ;  m.  zst, 
at  Schoharie,  N.  Y.,  in  sommer  of  1808,  Richard 
Hojr,  b.  in  Kyle-CIanliak,  Kings  C6.,  Ireknd,  of 
Pkotestant  parents.  Hewasasiioeniaker,andcame 
to  the  United  States  when  aboot  s  i ,  with  a  brother, 
llannadoke  Hoy. 

Alter  marrying  at  Schoharie  IHOage,  he  removed 
to  Albany,  where  he  was  in  the  grocery  business. . 
Later  he  retmned  to  Schoharie,  and  res.  in  that 
C6.  and  in  Delaware  C6.  until  his  death,  which  oc- 
cnired  at  Stamford,  Delaware  C6.,  N.  Y.,  S7  July, 
1831,  at  age  of  47.    Bur.  at  Gilboa,  N.  Y. 

The  widow  m.  ad,  at  Strykersville,  Sdioharie  Co., 
N.  Y.,  as  July,  1834,  Reuben  Atwater,  and  Uved 
at  Conesville,  N.  Y.,  and  afterwards  hi  nUnois.  She 
d.  at  Alden,  McHenry  Co.,  IlL,  ss  Feb^  i86a,  a. 
76  yrs.,  4  mosl,  10  ds.    He  d.  at  Alden,  3  May, 
1863.  Both  bur.  at  Woodstock,  McHeniy  C6.,  HL 
Issm^  ty  hir  Moy  wimrruigi: 
L  Makt  Amr  Hot,  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  13  Aug., 
1809 ;  m.  in  July,  1834,  Abeam  H.  Debt-  ' 
mater.  She  d.  at  BrooUyn,  N.  Y.,  is  Feb.,  . 
1895.    Imc:  seven  ch. 
a.  Amr  ELIZ4  Hot,  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  as  Aug., 
i8rt ;  m.  3  Nor.,  1830,  John  Giiflni,  Jr., 
b.  so  Nov.,  i8o6.    He  d.  so  Feb.,  1876. 
m.  Jams  Hot,  b.  at  Albany,  N. Y.,  i  Oct.,  1814; 
m.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  18  Aag.,  1833,  Hiram 
AbUff  Lemily.  He  d.  at  CatdoD,  N.  Y.,  sp 

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June,  1883.  He  was  a  clothier,  and  res.  at 
Gilboa,  N.  Y.  Issue :  Austin  H.,  Susan  H., 
Winslow  P.,  Piatt  P.,  George  W.,  Clark, 
John  B.,  and  Sarah  E.  Lemily. 

Vi.  Nancy  Hoy,  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  i  Oct.,  1814 ; 
m.  at  Bristol,  N.  Y.,  15  June,  1835,  Dr. 
Nelson  Fanning,  her  first  cousin.  (See  his 
record  for  full  data  of  his  family). 

V.  Marmaduke  Hoy,  b.  at  Gilboa,  Schoharie  Co., 
N.  Y.,  3  March,  182 1,  named  after  his  un- 
.  cle  Marmaduke,  who  came  to  this  country 
with  Richard  Hoy,  m.  ist,  at  Lockport,  N, 
v.,  15  June,  1843,  Catharine  M.  Albcrty,  b. 
at  Scholjarie,  N.  Y.,  21  Feb.,  1821.  She  d. 
23  July,  1863,  and  he  m.  2d,  at  Lockport,  N. 
Y.,  4  Oct.,  1864,  Esther  E.  Atwater,  dau.  of 
Titus  and  Jane  (Hoy)  Atwater,  and  b.  25 
Feb.,  1833. 

Marmaduke  Hoy  was  brought  up  to  farm 
life  in  Schoharie  Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  received 
such  education  as  the  district  schools  of 
those  times  afforded.  At  the  age  of  23  he 
removed  to  McHenry  Co.,  111.,  and  later  to 
Woo<lstock,  where  he  went  into  mercantile 
business.  Elected  county  clerk  and  served 
8  years.  About  188S  he  went  into  private 
banking  business  with  his  sons  as  ^'M.  D. 
Hoy  &  Son."  Issue :  Sarah  Delia,  Luman 
Thomas,  George  H.,  Fremont,  Jennie,  Kit- 
tie  A.,  and  John  M.  Hoy. 
VI.  Margarei-  Hoy,  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.  Y.,  23 
Feb.,  1823;  d.  16  Oct.,  1S34,  a.  11  yrs. 
Bur.  at  Gilboa,  N.  Y. 
vii.  John  Hoy,  b.  in  Delaware  Co.,  N.  Y., 
182S  ;  d.  there  28  July,  1S30,  a.  2  yrs. 

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+334.    IX.  FkKi>KiU(;K\  h.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  22  March,  17.^5^. 

335.  X.  Anna*,  1).  al  lUcnlicini,  Scrholiaric  Co.,  N.  Y.,  ij  Jan., 

1791  ;  ni.  at  ,  3  Feb.,  iSii,  Henry  15. 

Howell,  b-  15  May,  1789.  They  res.  for  a  time  in 
Portage  Co.,  Ohio.  About  1848  they  removed  to 
Bryan,  Williams  Co.,  Ohio,  where  they  lived  until 
his  death,  18  Feb.,  1S62,  a.  72  yrs.,  9  mos.,  3  ds. 
Widow  d.  at  Bryan,  15  April,  1S69,  a.  7^  y^v  3 
mos.,  2  ds.  Both  bur.  at  Lick  Creek  Cemetery, 
four  miles  northeast  of  Bryan.     No  issue. 

336.  XI.  Makv',  b.  at  Blenheim,  Schoharie  Co.,  N.  Y.,  30  July, 

1793  ;  in.  at  ,  5  I'eb.,  1815,  Gorton 

Burlinjjame,  b.  at  Cranston,  R.  I.,  3  March,  1782. 
He  was  a  fanner,  and  res.  at  Harford,  ('orilaiul 
Co.,  N.  Y.,  s.  of  Pardon  and  Patience  (liduionds) 
Burlingame.  Pardon  lived  at  Cranston,  R.  I.,  and 
d.  at  the  adva»iced  age  of  nearly  97  years.  He  was 
a  Revolutionary  soldier.  The  old  homestead  there 
is  now  owned  by  Mrs.  George  W.  Burlingame,  his 
grandson's  widow.  Pardon  was  a  s.  of  Philip  and 
Sarah  (  )  Burlingame,  and  grandson  of  Wil- 

liam Burlingame. 

Gorton  Burlingame  d.  in  Harford,  Cortland  Co., 
N.  Y.,  in  July,  1853,  and  is  bur.  there. 

Widow  d.  at  Caroline,  Tompkins  Co.,  N.  Y.,  5 
April,  1882,  a.  83  yrs.,  8  mos.,  6  ds.,  and  is  bur.  at 
Harford,  Cortland  Co.,  N.  Y. 

Jssiie^  born  at  Harford^  N.  K/ 

I.  SvVLLY  BtntLiNGAME,  b.  I?  Dec,  1815  ;  d.  in 


II.  Margaret  Fanning  Burlingame,  b.  8  March, 

1818  ;  m.  at  ,  28  Feb.,  1844, 

Madison  Rounsevell  of  Carolinc,N.  Y.    Slic 
d.  4  March,  1883. 

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nLHiianr  WnxuM  BusuiiaufB,  h.  99  kpO^ 
1890;  m.  at  ,  Jane  RoonaevdL 

He  din  1887. 

!▼•  liAiT  Amr  BuBUMOiaii,  b.  13  Feb^  i89t ;  a^ 
in  FelK,  1840,  Joaah  Hart  of  Harfbid,  N. 
Y.  She  d.  14  Feb^  1883.  No  iMoe.  He  ia 
Hving  with  his  ad  wife  in  Cordand,  N.  Y. 

▼•  ICAayxm  BoiLiNOAifi,  b.  13  Feb^  i8aa;  d. 

n.  Gnaoi  Gonoir  BoKUNcuifi,  b.  17  Iftudi, 
i8a6;  m.  Hairiet  Boice  of  Harfioiid, N.  Y. 

▼B.  Aumzo BoBUNGAiii, b. 31  July,  1837; 
^  FanneiBbiiig»  Iowa,  17  Jtme,  1866,  Gone- 
lia  Fkatt  Fisher.  They  les.  at  McGregor,  la. 
He  was  acddeiitallj  drowned,  i  Dec,  1 89  r , 
tqrfeDing  throogh  the  ice  while  croaringthe 
Mississippi  River  at  McGregor.  Hk  bodjr 
was  found  three  months  afterward  flih^ 
miles  below.  He  waa  dlj  surTcyor  and  cot 
lector  at  the  tfane  of  his  death.  Issae:Mar- 
jorie  Fkatt  and  Benjamin  Hqrwood 

337.  xn.  MAnoAUx',  b.  at  Blenhdos,  Schoharie  C^N.Y.,  17 
ABg.»x799;  n* at  KIngrton,  Ont, Can.,  17  Oct, 


1819,  Samnd  Mooers,  a.  of  Samnd  Bfooersi  and  b. 
at  Bomd  Brook,  N.  J.,  3  Sept,  1793.  Thqr  rea.  nt 
Xingstoi^  Qnt,  Canada.. 

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Siunuel  Mooen  went  to  Canada  from  New  Jer- 
sey at  the  dote  of  the  War  of  1812,  and  went  into 
the  batcbering  bufaieM,  which  he  foDowed  for 
twenty  years.  He  d.  at  Kingston,  21  Oct.,  1863. 
She  d«  at  Kingston,  3  Octt  1878,  a.  79  yrs.,  i  mo., 
16  da. 


L.  Maby  Moons,  b.  18  April,  1821 ;  d.  20  Aug., 

n.  Cakoloii  Moons,  b.  31  July,  18S3 ;  m. 
Thomas  W.  McCrea.  Res.  in  Kingston, 
Onti,  Can.,  wiiere  she  d.  10  Nov.,  190s. 

m.  GnosGB  Moon9>  b.  33  Dec,  1825 ;  m.  27 
Nov.,  185 1,  Jemima  Clark,  dan.  John  C.  and 
Rachel  (Stover)  Clark,  b.  at  Eznestown, 
Ont.,  Can.,  9  Aug.,  1830.  Res.  at  Kingston. 
Waa  a  farmer  many  years,  and  later  a  book- 
keeper. His  wife  d.  27  July,  1855.  Issne : 
Rachel,  b.  14  Dec,  1852 ;  d.  27  Joly,  1875, 
and  Jemima,  b.  29  June,  1855  ;  inftncy. 

iv.HABUEr  Moons,  b.  17  Feb.,  i8a8;  d.  17 
Nov.,  1828. 

V.  MAKXsa  Moons,  b.  11  Feb.,  1830;  d.  25 
Novi^  1884. 
.    VL  MA»aiaiT,Moons».b.4  March,  1833  ;  d.  i6 
Aug.,  1833. 

vn.  Hnanr  Moons^b..ii  Aug.,  1834 ;  m.  Isabella 
C.FaterK>n;and  live  at  Kingston.  Issoe: 
Edwin  and  Henry  Fxands  Mooers. 
vm.  Samuel  Moons,  b.  3  Jan.,  1838 ;  d.  17  Jan., 

IX.  GsACB  Moons,  b.  3  Sept,  1841 ;  nnm.  and 
res.  with  her  brother  JSeofge  at  500  Princess 
Street,  Kingston,  Ont.,  Can. 
338.  xm.  Child*,  who  d.  in  infimcy. 

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I5t.  CHARLES*  PANNING,  b.  1749*  {TTumm^, 

j0ktf,J^ktff  EdwanuP) 

m.  Ttt  It  Preston,  Conn*,  31  Match,  1774, 
b]r  the  Rer*  Levi  Hart, 

Anne  Biewftter» 
dan.  of  Sunon  and  Anne  (Andnis)  ]3rewster,  who  were 
m.  at  Pretton,  C<»n.,  25  May,  174a.    She  was  of  the 
fifkh  geneiation  from  Elder  Brewiter  of  the  Mayflower, 
and  waab.  19  Sept,  1753*     anxm  Brewiter  was  b.  7 
April,  1783,  and  waa  son  of  Benjamin  and  Elisabeth 
(¥ntter)  Brewster.    Benjamin  was  son  of  Dea.  IMmiiam 
of  Dubory,  he  the  son  of  Love,  and  he  the  son  of  Elder 
William  Brewster. 
Anne  d*  at  Jewett  City,  Conn.,  29  May,  1813,  a.  59. 
He  m.  ad,  at  Hartford,  Conn.,  30  Aug.,  1814, 
by  the  Rev.  David  StroQg  of  that  dty,  ^ 

Hepjdbfth  Bull, 
dan.  of  Caleb  and  Martha  (Cadwell)  Boll, 
and  b.  at  Hartford,  93  Sept.,  1768. 

Capt  Charles  Fanning,  son  of  Capt  Thomas  and  EBsa* 
beth(Capron)  Fanning,  was  bora  at  Groton,  Conn.,  16 
Dec,  1749,  and  early  removed  to  North  Preston,  in  that 
part  that  was  later  the  town  of  Griswold.    There  he  lo- 

cated in  the  viDage  of  Jewett  City.  He  waa  a  selectman 
of  Preston,  and  representative  in  the  LegishMrc  many 
years,  servedm  the  War  of  the  Revolution  the  fall  qnota 
of  time,  was  lieat^and  paymaster  in  the  Continental  Army,- 
and  friend  of  Lafayette,  and  one  of  the  original 'mem- 
bers  of  the  Society  of  the  Cincinnati.  He  was  a  promi- 
nent and  representative  man  of  his  time. 

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He  d.  It  Jewett  Citjr,  Conn.,  sa  Maich,  18379  aged  87 
yean.  Hia  wQI  ia  on  file  at  Norwich,  dated  9  Aug.,  1833, 
piobated  at  Norwich,  17  April,  1837,  and  mentiona  aona 
Henry,  John  W^  Patrick,  Franklin,  and  daughters  Betaej, 
Nancj,  Sophia  Barstow,  Maria  Stewart,  and  dang^iter-in- 
law  ICary  Fanning,  widow  of  Thomaa,  who  waa  loet  at  aea. 
Invaitoiy,  ^a5,a74.88.    Distribution,  14  Nov.,  1837* 

Widow  d«  31  Match,  i843»  ^  74 ;  bur.  at  Jewett  City. 

(For  complete  sketch  of  Capt.  Charles  Fanning  see 
Bkipapfaical  part  of  thia  volnnie.) 

+339*     L  Hnanr*,  b.  hi  town  of  Preston,  Conn.,  in  that  part 
afterward  aet  off  aa  Griswold,  at  Feb.,  1775. 

340.  II.ELIZ4BKT1I*,  Pteston,  Conn.,  a  Jan.,  1777.   She 

waa  called  ''Betaey,'*  never  m.,  lived  at  Jewett  City, 
at  the  okl  homestoui,  and  after  her  fiither's  death 
res.  with  her  brother  Franklin.  She  waa  very  pioua, 
and  a  woman  of  strong  character.  She  d.  at  Jewett 
City,  II  Oct,  1854,  a.  77 ;  bur.  there. 

341.  m.  Amm^,  or  Nancy^  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  23  May,  1779. 

She  never  nu ;  waaan  invalid ;  res.  at  Jewett  City, 
where  she  d.  ai  Sept.,  1835,  ^  5^  f  bur.  there. 
34a.  IV.  SoTBU*,  b.  at  Preaton,  Conn.,  %%  June,  1781 ;  m.  at 
Pkeaton,  i*  Jan.,  1809,  Charles  C  Barstow,  son  of 
Joshua  Barstow,  and  h.  at  Hanover,  Maaa.,  aa  Jan., 
'  1786.  Rea.  Eseter  and  Dover,  N.  H.,  where  he  (L 
31  Jan<^  i8a8.  She  d*  at  Kingston,  N.  H.,  a3  Dec, 

V  Cathawwe  Bansrow,  b.  at  Exeter,  N.  H., : 
18  Sept.,  i8to;  m.  in  1830,  Benjamin 
Magoun  of  Kingston,  N.  H.,  where  they 
res.,  without  issue.  He  d*  29  Oct,  1838. 
n.  Mahah  Bansrow,  b«  at  Exeter,  N.  H.,  3 
May^  i8ia ;  d.  4  June,  i8i4« 

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III.  CuAkf.MS  C.  Rarstow,  b.  at  Exeter,  N.  IF., 

28  April,  1S14;  m,  Martha  M.  Taylor  of 
Bangor,  Mc.  He  i1.  at  Boston,  Mass.,  23 
May,  1864.  Issue:  Annie  1).,  Charles 
Fanning,  and  Dr.  Henry  Taylor  Barstow, 
the  last  two  now  res.  in  Boston. 

IV.  Frkderick  Bars'iiow,  b.  at  ;  d. 

in  Charleston,  S.  C,  12  Sept.,  1838. 

V.  Henrv  H.  Barsix)w,  b.  at  ,6 

March,  181 9;  d.  21  June,  1822. 

VI.  AuiANNAii  Sauth  iJARSi-Qw,  b.  at  Kingston, 

N.  H.,  20  Feb.,  1821 ;  m.  at  Pembroke, 
N.  H.,  13  Dec.,  1S40,  Hon.  Aaron  Whit- 
temore,  a  lawyer  of  Pembroke,  b.  there  4 
Nov.,  iSoS.  He  was  prominent  in  town 
affairs ;  d.  26  March,  1890.  She  d.  10 
July,  18S5.    Issue,  11  ch. 

VII.  Henry  H.  Barstow,  b.  at  ,  23 

Sept.,  1823;  m.  Miss  Holloway  of  Lon- 
don, Eng.,  and  was  U.  S.  Consul  at  Paler- 
mo, Sicily,  1852-60.  He  d.  at  Chicago, 
III.,  in  1875*     Issue,  2  ch. 

vnr.  Marcarlt  Ann  Barstow,  b.  at  , 

20  March,  1825  ;  m.  in  1842,  J.  M.Tur- 
ner, and  lived  in  I'enn.  She  d.  at  Pitts- 
burg, Penn.,  in  Aug.,  1894.  Issue,  3  ch. 

343.  V.  Charles*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  13  Dec,  1783 ;  d.  19 

May,  1800,  at  the  Island  of  Joanna,  a  little  north  of 
Madagascar,  in  the  Indian  Ocean,  in  the  1 7th  year 
of  his  age.  [Inscription  in  the  Cemetery  at  Jewett 
City  reads  "i8th  year."] 

344.  VI.  Maria*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  26  Sept.,  1 786  ;    m.  at 

Preston,  Conn.,  3  Dec,  1806,  Thomas  Stewart  of 
that  town,  b.  in  April,  17S6,  a  lawyer,  son  of  Hon. 
Alexander  and  brother  of  Judge  Alexander  Stewart. 
He  d.  at  Criswold,  Conn.,  9  Aug.,  1834,  a.  48  yrs., 

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4  mos.  Tlic  widow  survived  him,  and  lived  at  Jewelt 
City  many  years.  She  d»  at  Bradford,  Penn.,  lo 
April,  iSiS3,  at  the  atlvanced  age  pf  96  yrs.,  7  mos. 
Issue^  nine  children  : 
I.  Joanna  Fanning  Stewart,  b.  at  North  Pres- 
ton, now  Griswold,  Conn.,  20  May,  1S07 ; 
m.  at  OriswoM,  Conn.,  2  Aug.,  182S,  John 
Tyler  Mott,  and  res.  at  Detroit,  Mich.,  where 
she  d.  31  March,  1883.  He  d.  in  Oct.,  1884. 
They  had  issue:  Maria  Fanning;  John 
Tyler,  d.  in  infancy ;  Julia  White,  d.  in  in- 
fancy ;  Charles  Stewart ;  Thomas  H.  13. ; 
Lucy  B. ;  John  Tyler ;  George  Morgan, 
and  Samuel  Mott,  die  latter  dying  in  infancy. 
II.  Emma  CouuFrr  Stewart,  b.  at  North  iVcsion, 
Conn.,  I J  Oct.,  1809  ;  m.Jewctt  (lily,  Conn., 
18  March,  1832,  Stephen  Avery  Douglas,  a 
farmer,  b.  at  Voluntown,  Conn.,  29  Oct., 
1803.  They  res.  at  Busd,  Chautauqua  Co., 
N.  Y.,  where  he  d.  15  May,  1790.  Bur.  at 
Ashville,  N.  Y.  Widow  was  living  in  1899 
at  Buffalo,  N.  Y.  Eight  children :  Emma, 
Stephen  Wilkinson,  (Miarles  Thomas,  Anna 
Stewart,  James  Henry,  Silas  Judson,  Latham 
Alexander,  and  Lucy  Elizabeth  Douglas, 
in.  Charles  Fanning  Stewart,  b.  at  North  I*res- 
ton.  Conn.,  lo  Feb.,  1S14.  Went  as  a  tra- 
der in  1837  to  the  Choctaw  Nation  of  In- 
dians, one  of  the  five  civilized  tribes  of  the 
Indian  Territory,  and  m.  a  fourth  blood 
Choctaw  Indian  girl,  Tryphena  Wall,  9  May, 
1842,  at  Pine  Ridge  Mission  Station.  He 
lived  then  at  Mayhew,  where  four  ch.  were 
b. :  Charles,  Maria  Fanning,  Lavinia,  and 
Henry  Stewart. 

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Tryphcna  d.  at  Doaksvillc,  I.T.,  27  June, 
1849,  and  he  m.  2d,  28  Nov.,  1849,  ^^>^ 
Juliette  Slate,  a  missionary  from  Manches- 
ter, Conn.,  and  had  issue :  Arthur  Francis,  \ 
Eliza  Berthlette,  Walter  Lowric,  Alice,  and  : 
Alice  Eulalic  Stewart.    He  d.  2 1  July,  1855. 
IV.  Anna  Marta  Stewakt,  b.  at  North  Preston, 
Conn.,  14  Nov.,  1811  ;  m.  at  Jamestown,  N. 
Y.,  26  Nov.,  1839,  Dr.  Asaph  Rhodes,  a  phy- 
sician, b.  at  Bridgewater,  Oneida  Co.,  N.  Y. 
They  res.  at  Jamestown,  N.  Y.,  where  he  d.  1 2 
April,  \%^i.    She  d.  there  in  July,  1866.   j 
Had  issue  Thomas  A.,  b.  4  Feb.,  1842,  a  j 
printer  in  Washington,  D.  C,  was  in  Civil 
War  thr*e  years,    and   Franklin    Fanning   ' 
Rhodes,  b.  16  Jan.,  1846,  and  d.  at  Balti- 
more, Md,,  26  Dec,  1870. 

V.  Thomas  Congdon  STE^VART,  b.  at  North  Pres- 

ton, Conn.,  ;  m.  ist,  at  Nfatagorda, 

Tex. ;  2d,  at  Toledo,  O. ;  and  3d,  at  Pas-  j 
saic,  N.  J.,  where  he  res.  and  d.  18  May,  ! 
1897.  He  was  educated  a  lawyer,  but  only  [ 
practiced  when  a  young  man  in  Texas. 

VI.  Hkpsiijah  Bull  Stkwart,  b.    at    Griswold, 

Conn.,  7  Sept.,  18x8;  m.  at  Franklin  in 
1846,  Henry  Clark  Shearman.  They  res.  at 
Busti,  Chautauqua  Co.,N.Y.,  and  had  issue, 
4  ch.,  all  b.  at  Busti :  Reuben  Clark  Shear- 
man, Henry  Clark  Shearman,  Alice  M.,  m. 
a  Sheldon,  and  Mary  S.,  m.  a  Wilcox. 

They  res.  at  Denison,  Tex. 
vn.  James  Monroe  Stewart,  b.  at  Griswold,  Conn., 
xo  Jan.,  1822  ;  m. at  Nonvich,  Conn.,  Sarah 
Elizabeth  Hoyt,  of  that  town.  Issue,  5  ch. 

He  was  a  clerk  in  the  War  Department 
14  years,  and  now  res.  in  Baltimore,  Md. 

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VIM.  IIknky  Kanninc  Stkwakt,  I).  :il  Crisuoi<l, 
Conn.,  19  Aug.,  1824;  in.  nt  Hruoklyii, 
Conn.,  6  Nov.,  1867,  Adclla  Storrs.  They 
res.  in  Philadelpliia,  and  have  issue,  Fred- 
erick Fanning,  Grace  Dell,  Guy  Kingsley, 
and  Ethel  May  Stewart. 
IX.  Arianna  Barstow  Stewart,  b,  at  Griswold, 
Conn.,  3  March,  1827;  m.  Junius  Edward 
Kingsley,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  4  Oct., 
1825.  He  d.  at  Philadelphia,  21  June,  1890, 
and  is  bur.  at  Norwich.  She  d.  at  riiila- 
delphia,  28  Nov.,  1885,  and  is  bur.  at  Nor- 
wich. He  was  a  well-known  hotel  proprie- 
tor in  Philadelphia  for  many  years.  Ilatl 
issue,  4  ch. :  Edward  Fanning,  Annie,  Wil- 
liam Thomas,  and  Fanny  May  Kingsley. 
+345.  VII.  Patrick",  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  23  Aug.,  178S. 

346.  viii.  Frankun",  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  19  Aug.,  1790.    He 

never  m.  Lived  with  his  sister  Betsey  at  the  old 
homestead  at  Jewett  City.  After  her  death  he  went 
to  live  with  Jack,  his  younger  brother,  at  whose 
house  he  died.  Was  a  very  exemplary  man,  tall, 
and  of  fine  figure  and  appearance. 

He  d.  at  Jewett  City,  Conn.,  15  Oct.,  1884,  a. 
94  yrs*  [His  headstone  reads  "aged  93,"  and  the 
Jewett  City  Town  Records  has  it  "died  1 1  Oct., 
1884,  aged  92,"  both  of  which  arc  erroneous.] 

347.  IX.  Frederick*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  17  Nov.,  1792.  He 

d.  at  New  Orleans,  in  July,  181 7,  of  yellow  fever, 

aged  24  years,  unm. 
+348.  X.  Thomas',  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  4  Nov.,  1795. 
-1-349.  XI.  John  Watson*,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  8  April,  1798. 

[Recorded  at  Preston  "John",] 

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160.  THOMAS*  FANNING,  h.  1755,     {Thomas\John\ 

m.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  3  March,  1 785, 

Susannah  Faulkner, 
dau.  of  John  and  Susannah  (Willson)  Faulkner, 
and  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  between  29  June,  1758,  and 
29  June,  1759. 

Susannah  Willson  was  dau.  of  John  and  Mary  (Cun- 
ningham) Willson,  who  were  m.  at  Groton,  3  Sept.,  1730, 
and  who  had  3  ch.,  viz.:  Susannah,  b.  21  May,  1732; 
John  Capen,  b.  16  Dec,  1733;  and  Benjamin^  b.  20 
March,  1736.* 

Thomas  Fanning,  s.  of  Capt.  Thomas  and  Elizabeth 
(Capron)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  22  May, 
1755.  He  learned  the  trade  of  a  ship-carpenter,  andfol- 
lowed  it  at  New  London,  Mystic,  Stonington,  and  New 
York  City.  He  lived  in  the  town  of  Groton  many  years, 
most  of  the  time  no  doubt  at  the  Fanning  homestead,  at 
what  is  now  Shewville.  Previous  to  iSoo  he  removed  to 
New  York  City,  but  returned  to  Groton  soon  afterward. 
In  1815  he  purchased  a  farm  at  Norwich,  where  he  re- 
sided until  his  death.  He  served  in  the  war  of  '76,  was 
wounded,  and  became  a  U.  S.  pensioner  under  the  Act 
of  zSiS,  for  six  years  actual  service  in  the  Revolutionary 

He  d.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  15  April,  1828,  in  his  73d 

Age  32  (1787) 

•  From  the  WiUson-Fanning  Bible  printed  in  1712,  now  in  the  possession 
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Widow  d.  at  Norwich,  4  ^rarch,  1841,  a.  82  years.  Roth 
interred  in  the  old  Norwich  City  Cemetery. 

Age  70  (1829) 

(See  Biographical  part  of  this  vohime  for  complete 
sketch  of  Thomas  I'anniiig). 
Issue  : 
+350.    I.  Henry  Wii^onS  l>.  at  Ciroton,  Conn.,  8  Feb.,  1786. 
4-351.  II.  John  Faulkner*,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  25  June,  1788, 
352.  III.  Fanny  Maria',  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  12  April,  1790; 
m.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  by  the  Rev.  John  Sterry,  26 
Jan.,  T823,  Sidney  Gardner,  a  farmer  of  Moniviilc, 
Conn.,  b.  at  Bozrah,  17  April,  1795,  and  s.  of  Lem- 
uel Gardner  who  cam;;  from  Salem,  Conn.  After  liis 
marriage  Sidney  Gardner  removed  from  Montville  to 
the  Fanning  Homestead  at   Nonvich,  which   had 
been  deeded  in  1S20  by  Thomas  Fanning  to  his 
dau.  Fanny. 

Sidney  Gardner  d.  at  Norwich,  14  Sept.,  1840,  a. 

Age  35  (»S30) 
45  years,  and  was  bur.  on  the  Gardner  farm  at  Mont- 
ville.    In  later  years  his  remains  were  removed  to 
the  Yantic  Cemetery,  Norwich  Falls. 

Widow  d.  at  Norwich,  9  April,  1876,  a.  ZG^  and  is 
bur.  at  Nor\vich  Falls. 

Sidney  Gardner  had  a  sister,  Lovinda  Gardner,  b. 
1 790,  who  m.  Levi  Whaley,  and  had  dau.,  Mary  Ann 
Whaley,  wlio  m.  Henry  Williams  Fanning  of  Jewett 
City,  Conn,  and  later  of  Newton  Upper  Falls,  Mass. 

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Issuif  ail  bam  at  Norwich^  Connj 
K  SiDNsr  Alfred  Gardner,  b.  19  March,  1824 ; 

*  d.  unm.  22  June,  1847,  ^  ^3  V^  3  °>08. 

n.  Sarah  IiCaria  Gardner,  b.  jMay,  1826 ;  m. at 
Norwich,  23  May,  1849,  Daniel  Price  of  that 
place.  He  was  several  years  an  engineer  on 
the  steamboat  '^  Worcester/*  running  from 
Norwich  to  New  York.  He  had  the  gold 
ferer  and  went  to  CaUfbmia,  where  he  d.  6 
Aug.,  1853.  He  was  killed  by  a  large  rock 
fidling  on  him.  Bur.  at  Norwich  Falls,  Conn. 
Widow  m.  2d,  at  Norwich,  x  Jan.,  1867, 
Alexander  Meech,  and  res.  in  Brooklyn,  N. 
Y.,  but  soon  returned  to  Norwich  to  Uve,  and 
d.  there  6  Feb.,  1871,  a.  44.  No  issue.  He  d. 

•  at  Burlington,  Vt.,  21  March,  1895,  a.  71  y* 
Bur.  at  YanticCemetery,  Norwich  Falls, Conn. 

in.  Frederick  Lester  Gardner,  b. 5  March,  1832 ; 
m.  at  Norwich,  x6  Dec,  1883,  Mrs.  Joanna 
Witter  Loomis  Randall,  dau.  of  Amos  and 
Doily  Sharp  (Fuller)  Loomis,  and  widow  of 
Lyman  Wolcott  Randall,  who  d.  16  March, 

He  is  a  fanner  and  res.  at  East  Great  Plain, 
Norwich,  Conn.  His  fimn,  called  Spring  Dale 
Farm,  is  one  of  the  finest  in  the  State. 

nr.  Henry  Gardner,  b.  3  Aug.,  1837 ; 
m.  at  New  London,  23  June,  1863,  EUen 
Maria  Chappell,  dau.  of  Nathan  and  Louisa 
(Church)  Chappell,  and  b.  at  Montville, 
Conn.,  25  Feb.,  1844. 

Charles  Gardner  was  a  fimner,  and  res.  at 
the  old  Fanning  Homestead  that  was  his 
grandfather's,  at  East  Great  Plain,  Norwich. 
(See  photogravure.) 

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He  d.  It  Norwich,  30  Jidy,  1896,  and  it 
bar.  in  the  fiunfly  lot  at  Norwidi  Falh. 
353.  nr.  PouMDA  or  IjCakt*,  Groton^CoaiL,  25  Feb^  1793 ; 
m.  at  Norwich  Town,  ComL,  18  Oct,  18S9,  Henry 
Edwardi,  a  fiumer  of  Norwidi  Town. 
He  d.  at  New  Haren,  Conn^  about  1850. 
She  d.  at  Norwich^  2s  Oct,  1859,  a.  66,  and  is  bar.' 
at  Yantic  Cemetery. 

Issme^  all  ham  mi  N0fwkk  Tnm  f 
L  S08AN  Masu  Edwaum^  b.  ;  m.  at 

Norwich^  Coon.,  ao  Oct,  1861,  John  Bryant, 
a  ship-carpenter,  b.  at  Horton,  Nova  Scotia, 
24  Jane^  1823.  He  is  now  a  seanum  and 
fives  at  Fishers  Ishmd,  N.  Y. 

She  d.  in  May,  1890,  and  is  bar.  in  Yantic 
Cemetery,  Norwidi  Falla.    No  issue, 
n.  TkoMAS  Fammdio  Edwaus^  b.  >^ ; 

m.  ICary  Sholes.  She  d.  at  Norwich  in  Jnly, 
1870.    Issoe:  Frederick  and  Lila  EdwardikM 
m.  AtruD  Enwaua^  b.  ;  m.  twice. 

He  was  a  painter,  and  res.  at  Preston,  Comt, 
where  he  d.  aboot  1900. 
nr.  CwAtiJS  Enwaua^  b.  .    He  never 

m.,  was  a  hotd  clerk,  and  fived  and  d.  at  Nor- 
354«  ▼•  TteiuA*,  b.  at  Groton,  Cornt,  24  Jan.,  1796;   d.  at 
•  New  York  Otj,  22  Sept,  1800^  in  the  5th  year  oC 
his  age,  oC  yellow  fiever. 
335.  n.  AuiSD^,  b.  at  New  York  City,  27  Jnly,  1800.  He  never . 
nk    Was  a  blacksmith.    Lived  widi  his  parents  at 
the  Notwich  homestead,  where  he  d.  aboot  1840.*; 
Bar.  in  Norwich  City  Cemetery. 

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i6a.  PREDBRICP  PANNINQ,  b.  lydo,         {Th^ma^. 
Joktf^Joktf^  EdmmmP) 

m.  at  Ptesloii»  Conn.,  17  May,  1787^ 

Mrs.  Joanna  Kinaman  Braman, 
daa.  of  Jeremiah  and  Sarah  (Thomaa)  Kinsman, 
and  widow  of  Braman, 

and  b.  at  Lisbon,  Conn^  19  Nov.,  1756. 

Capt  Jeremiah  Kinsman  was  b.  in  Ipswich,  ISmw^  t$ 
Yt\^  1720,  was  a  &nner  and  res.  at  Lisbon,  Comu,  where 
he  d.  94  Jnn^  i8ii.^ 

Capt.  Frederick  Farming;  foorth  son  of  Capt  Thomas 
and  Elisabeth  (Cqpron)  Farming  of  Groton,  Conn.,  was 
bom  in  that  town,  rr  Feb.,  r76o. 

On  the  srst  of  lAarch,  r  777,  a  few  months  previoas  to 
his  r7th  birthday,  he  enlisted  as  a  private  in  Captain 
Bacon's  company  of  Colonel  Dmdcee's  4th  Regiment  of 
the  Connecticnt  Line,  formation  of  r777-8r,  and  served 
through  the  War  of  the  Revolution.  He  was  in  Captain 
Nathanid  Webb's  company,  same  regiment,  in  r779,  and 
afterwards  in  the  company  of  Captain  Warner  in  Colonel 
Dorfcee's  1st  Regiment  COnnecticnt  Line,  formation  of 
1 781-3.  (Frederick's  brother  Charles  was  paymaster  of 
that  regiment.)  On  the  ist  of  Feb.,  1780^  he  was  ap- 
pointed sergeant,  and  on  the  1st  of  Jan.,  1781,  qmuter- 
master  sergeant.  He  may  have  been  made  a  commi»> 
sioned  officer  towards  the  dose  of  the  War,  as  he  is  desig- 
nated ^Captain  FMderidL  Fanning"  m  the  Pkeston  and 
Gioton  Deeds,  and  was  always  known  and  qx)ken  of  as 
"^Captain.**  It  is  said  that  he  was  wounded  while  bi  ser^ 

•TiM  KiiMuui  Gcsealogy  Mtyi*  ''JouBa  had  a  bratbOT,  John 
who  was  ia  tV  battk  of  Long  Idand,  in  CoL  Hnntiiigtoii*!  rcgiiBeBt»  wm 
taken  priMmer*  and  with  two  compaiiioiy  Charka  Faaniiig  and  Anthony 
Btadfordt  waa  rekasad  froni  a  priaon  ahip  on  parole,  and  allowed  to  awm 
togathar  m  a  room  in  Now  York  Qty." 

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When  peace  was  pioclaimed  and  the  anaj  diabanded 
he  aettled  at  Jewett  City,  where  he  waa  in  boaineaB  for 
iereral  yean.  He  and  his  brother  Oiarles  were  the  first 
merchanta  of  that  place.  He  became  a  freeman  of  nret- 
ton  on  the  lath  of  Sept,  1786.  On  die  17th  of  May, 
1787,  he  married  Joanna  Braman  of  Lisbon.  He  was  a 
representative  finpm  Fteston  in  1805* 

Frederick  Fanning  made  a  fortnne  in  buying  np  Con- 
tinental paper  money,  which  had  depreciated  in  Talne, 
but  was  afterwards  redeemed  by  the  Govcnment. 

His  fiuher's  property  at  Groton  (now  ShewviDe,  in  the 
town  of  Ledyard)  wliich  had  come  into  his  hands  by  pnr^ 
chaae  from  the  other  heirs  about  1790,  was  sohi  by  him 
to  his  brodier-in-law,  Elisha  Ayer. 

Fkederick  Fanning's  dwelling  house  and  store  stood  on 
die  southeast  side  of  the  Main  street  of  Jewett  City,  the 
hoose  a  little  fiurther  back  than  the  store.  In  later  years 
they  went  into  the  possession  of  his  nephew,  John  Wat- 
too  Fanning  (No.  349)-  Both  buildings  are  still  stand- 
ii^  Btde  altered,  and  in  a  good  state  of  prcaervation,  but 
have  been  moved  to  a  new  location  back  from  the  street. 

His  partner  in  bosinem  with  him  at  Jewett  QSscf  at  the 
time  of  his  decease  waa  Asa  Parke,  and  they  traded  nnder 
the  name  of  FhMkrick  Faoniog  &  Co. 

He  d.  at  Jewett  City,  16  Aug.,  1808.  [Reooids  of  Sec- 
ond Chnrdi  of  Preston  say  d*  15  Ang.]  IBs  widow  d.  7. 
July,  r8r9,  a.  63  yrs.  Both  are  bar.  in  the  &mily  plot  at 
Jewett  CiQr*  -  No  issoe. 

His  estate,  both  real  and  personal,  was  inventoried  6 
Feb.,  1808,  at  f  89,953.8r,  and  recorded  at  Norwich.  It 
waa  distributed  to  his  widow,  brothers  and  aisteis,  r8 
March,  r8x3.  Her  estate  inventoried  at  Lisbon,  r4  July, 
i8r9,  f  ix,3ix.59,  and  #as  distributed  x6  July,  1819,  and 
8  Feb.,  r8ao,  to  her  brothers,  Jeremiah,  Thomas,  and  t))e 
heirs  of  John  Kinsman. 

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X63.  BLKANAH*  PANNING,  b.  X769,  (Tkoma^, 

Johff,Jok$f,  Edmund^) 
in.  at 

Mrs.  Esther  Witter  DcmglM, 

dau.  of  Ebesezer  and  Elizabeth  (Brown)  Witter,  and 
widow  of  Hezekiah  Douglas,  (whom  she  m.  x  April,  1 771,) 
and  b.  at  Preston,  Conn^  is  May,  1753. 

Elkanah  Fanning,  fifth  son  of  Capt.  Thomas  and  Ellsar 
beth  (Capron)  Fanning,  was  bom  at  Groton,  ComL,  17 
Oct.,  1768. 

He  was  the  yonngest  of  the  five  sons  of  Capt.  Thomas 
Fanning  who  were  in  the  Revolutionary  Army.  A  sixth 
son,  Elisha,  was  an  invalid,  and  too  young  to  serve  at 
that  time. 

Elkanah  Fanning  was  a  £umer,  and  resided  at  Groton 
and  at  Preston  all  his  life.  His  dwelling  at  Preston, 
Conn.,  was  on  the  Stonington  road  from  Norwich  to  Mill« 
town,  and  at  a  point  where  the  Preston  City  road  inter- 
secu  it,  on  the  south  or  southwest  side  of  the  highway. 

He  married  the  Widow  Esther  Doug^,  who  was  bom 
Esther  Witter,  daughter  of  Ebenezer  Witter.  She  re- 
ceived distribution  of  personal  esute  of  her  brother,  Ja- 
cob Witter,  13  Feb.,  1799. 

When  the  Revolutionary  War  broke  out  Elkanah  Fan- 
ning sided  with  the  American  Colonies.  His  name  ap- 
pears in  the  roll  of  CoL  Samuel  Canfield's  regiment  of 
militia  at  West  Pbint,  15  Sept.,  1781,  as  a  private,  and 
was  ''of  Groton,  Conn.,**  at  that  time.  His  length  of 
service  does  not  appear. 

He  d.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  3  Dec,  x8i8. 

An  inventory  of  his  estate  was  taken  by  Elisha  Crary 
and  Amos  Witter,  freeholders  under  oath,  ix  Jan.,  18x9, 
the  record  of  wliich  is  on  file  in  the  Probate  GiBoe  at 
Norwich,  Book  xm.,  p.  14.  An  addition  to  die  inventory 

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was  taken  16  July,  1819.  His  estate  was  distributed  \tj 
the  Probate  Court,  15  Sept,  1819,  to  his  widow,  Esther, 
and  son,  Asa;  his  other  ion  Ebeneser,  having  received 
his  share  of  the  estate  dming  his  lifetime,  as  is  made  evi- 
dent fibm  the  following  record : 

''We  find  that  Ebeneser  Fannmg  son  &  heir  of  Elka- 
nah  Fanning  det*  did  m  die  life  time  of  his  said  Father 
ezecnte  a  certain  writing  in  which  he  acknowledged  the 
receipt  of  his  fiiU  diare  in  his  s' Fathers  estate  &  likewise 
discharges  his  said  Father  &  estate  ftom  any  farther  claim 
fit>m  him  or  his  Estate  as  heir  at  Law  therefore  we  have 
omitted  him  in  the  Distribution  of  s*  Estate. 

"Freston  Sept  15, 18x9" 

Widow  d.  at  Pkeston,  so  Dec,  1829,  a.  77  yrs.  The 
records  of  the  First  Chorch  at  Fteston  read :  ''Died  at 
Jonah  Witter's,  so  Dec^  1830.** 

Bodi  bar.  at  fteston  Plains  Cemetery,  earlier  known 
by  the  name  of  Avery  Fdnd  Burying  Ground* 

+356.  L  EnMiriR  Ptr*,  b.  at  Pkeston,  Conn. 

+357*  n*  Ab4  WimK%  b.  at  Pkeston,  ComL,  in  April,  1793. 

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JAMES*  FANNING,  b.  1772,       (Geors^^,  Wiiliam\ 
£t/miind\  Edmund^^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Preston,  Conn»,  17  Feb.,  1799, 

Elizabeth  Williams, 
dau.  of  Isaac  and  Annah  (Rrown)  Williams, 
and  b.  at  Croton,  Conn.,  24  June,  1776. 

James  Fanning  was  born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  5  July, 
1772.  He  learned  the  trade  of  a  carpenter,  and  followed 
that  occupation.  He  early  removed  to  Preston,  Conn., 
where  he  was  made  freeman  17  Sept.,  1804,  and  where 
all  his  children  were  lx)m.  After  the  birth  of  his  young- 
est son  he  returned  to  Groton,  and  resided  in  that  part 
which  was  in  1836  set  off  to  form  the  new  town  of  I^d- 
yard.  His  farm  descended  to  his  son  William  at  his  death, 
and  is  now  known  as  the  Lyman  Latham  place. 

He  d.  at  Ledyard,  Conn.,  9  July,  1839. 

Widow  d.  there  i  Oct.,  1857,  in  her.82d  year.  Both 
arc  interred  in  the  Fanning  private  Burying  Ground  at 
Ledyard,  on  the  farm  owned  in  1903  by  George  Fanning, 
a  grandson. 

The  following  records  of  the  births  of  five  children  are 
taken  from  the  Family  Bible : 

I.  George^  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  4  April,  1800.  He  never 

m.  He  lived  at  Ledyard,  where  he  d.  14  July,  1S59. 

II.  James^  b  at  Preston,  Conn.,  18  Sept.,  i8oi. 

III.  Phebe  Williams^  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  13  Feb.,  1806 ; 

m.  John  Forsythe,  a  farmer  of  Groton.  She  d.  27  Nov., 
1877,  a.  71  y.  He  d.  17  Jan.,  1892.  Both  bur.  at 
Gales  Ferry,  in  town  of  Ledyard.    No  issue. 

IV.  WiixiAiM^,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  14  Dec,  1808. 

V.  I.SAAC^  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  25  Oct.,  18 12. 

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171.  RUFUS*  FANNING,  b.  1775,       {Ashet\  Jonaihan\ 
Jonathan*^  EdmnntP^  Edmund^) 

m.  I  St  at  Groton,  Conn.,  8  Oct.,  1800, 

Hannah  Barnes, 
dau.  of  Jesse  and  (  )  Bariies,* 

and  b.  at  Groton,  Conn., 

She  d.  at  Groton  between  1829  and  1836,  and  is  bur. 
in  the  old  Burying  Ground  at  Lantern  Hill,  near  Capt, 
Rufus  Fanning's  house. 

He  m.  2(1,  at  liath,  Summit  Co.,  Ohio,  4  Sept,,  1836, 

Mary  Brown, 
dau.  of  Samuel  and  Lucinda  (Coy)  Brown, 
and  b.  at  Seneca,  N.  Y.,  ,  1804. 

Capt.  Rufus  Fanning  was  born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  in 
April,  1 775  ;  was  a  sea  captain,  and  followed  the  sea  from 
the  time  he  was  fifteen  years  old  until  late  in  life. 

£:^^^  5^' 


Age  50  (1825) 

He  lived  at  Groton,  in  that  part  which  is  now  Ledyard, 
in  the  northeast  section  of  the  town,  near  the  Stonington 
line.  His  house  is  standing  at  the  present  lime,  and  is 
on  the  west  side  of  the  highway  at  the  base  of  Lantern 
Hill.  It  is  now  owned  and  occupied  by  Ira  Main.  It  is 
said  that  Rufus  Fanning  was  in  the  War  of  i8t2.  He  was 
residing  in  Groton  as  late  as  1829,  but  about  1834  he  went 
west,  and  married  a  second  time. 

He  died  at  Bath,  Summit  County,  Ohio,  20  Dec,  1S45, 
aged  seventy  years,  and  is  buried  at  Bath. 

His  widow  died  at  Lawrence,  Douglas  County,  Kansas, 
22  Aug.,  1872,  and  is  buried  there. 

See  sketch  of  his  life  in  Biographical  part. 

•  Proved  by  Groton  Deeds,  Book  xvn.,  p.  240. 

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Issue  ty  wife  Hannah  Barnes  : 
+363.     L  Edwin^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  ,  x8ox. 

364.    n.  EiOLY^  b.  at  Grotoo,  Conn^  6  July,  xSoj ;  m.  at 
,  in  Sept»  1836,  Waterman  James  of  MiU- 
town.  Conn.    He  was  b.  in  Rhode  Island,  9  Dec, 
x8oo.  They  removed  to  DeRuyter,  Madison  Co^  N. 
Y.  She  d.  at  Scott,  Cortland  Co^  N.  Y^  s  x  May,  1885. 
I.  EiOLY  EuzABSTH  Jamis,  b.  in  town  ofTnixton, 
now  Cuyler,  Cortland  Co.,  N.  Y.,  20  Aug., 
X837 ;   m.  xst,  at  DeKuyter,  N.  Y.,  20  Sept, 
1859,  Ely  Lee.  Lived  at  Cu^er.   She  m.  2d, 
2T  May,  X873,  Joseph  H.  Lyon,  widower  of 
her  deceased  sister  Sarah,  and  lived  at  Oe- 
Ruyter.    Issue  a  ch. 
n.  John  Nathanibl  Jamb,  b.  in  town  of  Truxton, 

N.  Y.,  in  June,  1840.    Died  in  1842. 
iiL  Hakriet  Rbbboca  Jamb,  b.  in  town  of  Thixton, 
N.  Y.,  27  May,  1843 ;  m,  rst,  at  DeRuyter,  19 
Feb.,  X862,  Irving  Burdick,  and  lived  at  Cuy- 
ler, N.  Y.    Harriet  m.  2d,  at  Cordand,  N.  Y., 
.  xa  Feb.,  X887,  Warren  Kyes,  and  resides  at 
Homer,  N.  Y.    Issue,  2  ch.  by  xst  husband. 
vt.  SARAgJTHSRESA  Jamb,  b.  in  town  of  Truxton, 
KI Y.,  7  Aug.,  X845  ;  m.  at  DeRuyter,  N.  Y.,  4 
Sept,  1867,  lo&sfh  H.  Lyon,  and  went  to  Col- 
orado, where  she  d.  in  June,  X870.     No  issue. 
He  afterwards  m.  his  dec'd  wife's  sister  Emily. 
+365*    m.  Ruvus  Lked6^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  22  Dec,  1S06. 

366.  IV.  AsusrT,  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  •    He  was 

lost  at  sea  early  in  life. 

367.  V.  ELIZA^  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  ;  d.  young 

(after  x6  Feb.,  1829)  and  is  bur.  in  the  old  Main 
Burial  Ground,  at  Lantern  Hill,  near  Capt.  Rufus 
Fanning's  house. 

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368.  VL  HAuaKTT  Nbwixx%  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  • 

in.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  in  June,  1841,  Nathaaid  C 

BowenofNonrich,  1819.  She  made  her  home 

with  her  brother,  RnAis  Leeds,  and  was  a  member 

of  the  Central  Baptist  Church,  Norwich. 


L  HsRBiirr  BowsM,  b.  1844 ;  d.  15  Dec^  1860. 

n.  AsTHUE  Bowmr,  b.  29  Ckrt^  1852 ;  d.  29  Jidjr, 

Harnett  d.  in  May,  1863,  and  Nathanid  Bowen 
m.  ad,  at  Coventry,  Conn^  27  Feb,,  r867,  Riidi 
Hunt,  dan.  of  Dr.  Eleaxer  and  Sibyl  (Pomeroy) 
Hnnt.    They  res.  at  Coventry,  Comu 
Isswt  by  wife  Mary  Bromn: 

369.  vn.  Mamy  Eliza%  b.  at  Bath,  Summit  Co.,  Ohio,  ; 

nk  at  Bath,  i  s  Nov.,  1856,  Frederick  William  Apits, 
a  harness  and  saddlery  dealer,  b.  in  Dolits,  Ger- 
many, so  Dec,  1838.  They  les.  at  Lawrence,  Kan., 
iriiere  he  d.  5  July,  1890. 
L  Envoi  FAMMnio  Aprra  b.  at  Canton,  Fulton 
Co.,  HL,  17  Dec,  1857 ;   m.  9  Bfay,  1885, 
Ida  Belle  Middleton. 
n.  Charlb  Emmr  Amx,  b.  at  Canton,  HI,  5 
Feb.,  1860. 
+370.  vm.  GnnoB  TaijOOTt',  b.  at  Bath,  Ohio,  ss  Nov.,  1839. 
371.   DC  JOLU  AbkuoJ,  b*  at  Badi,  Ohio»  17  Jan.,  1845 ;  m. 
at  Bine  Mound,  Kan.,  8  Dec,  18C4,  Charies  How^ 
ard  Dickson,  b*  at  Groton,  Mass.,  10  Aug.,  1839. 
Heisadumer;  res.  at  Quenemo,  Osage  Co.,  Kan. 
L  Elsb  Rebboca  Dickson,  b.  at  Wakarusa,  Kan., 

rs  Feb.,  1867. 
n.  FtaDEUC  Abthdr  Dickson,  b.  at  Quenemo, 
Kan.,  8  July,  1871. 

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173-  JONATHAN*  FANNING,  b.  alnnit  17S0,     {/Ishei*, 
Jonathan^^  Jomiihan^^  luimufut^^  Jidmitiui^) 
in.  at  Cananclaigiia,  N.  Y.,  in  18  ro, 

Catharine  Laughler, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at  Baltimore,  Md.,  about  1790. 

Jonathan  Fanning  was  bora  at   •  ,  Mass.,  about 

1 7S0 ;  was  a  carpenter,  and  res.  at  Hopewell,  Ontario  Co., 

N.  Y.  (near  Canandaigua). 
He  d.  at  Hopewell,  22  Aug.,  1856.  She  d.  11  May,  1870. 
Issue  : 

372.  I.  Sabra^  b.  at  Hopewell,  N.  Y.,  26  July,  181 1 ;  m.  in 

New  York  State  in  1833,  Dexter  Green.  She  d.  in 
Adrian,  Mich.,  in  April,  1890.     Issue,  eight  ch. 

373.  II.  Margaret  Janj:', b.  at  Hopewell, N.  Y.,  1 1  June,  1813 ; 

m.  at  ZanesviUe,  O.,  11  July,  1S33,  Nathaniel  Albert 
Humston,  b.  in  Fauquier  Co.,  Va.,  26  Nov.,  iSii, 
s.  of  Thomas  and  Lucy  Humston.  He  was  a  tailor 
and  a  Baptist  preacher,  and  res,  in  Port  Royal,  Ky., 
where  he  d.  25  Jan.,  1890.  Widow  d.  at  Pleasure- 
ville,  Ky.,  7  Feb.,  1896.  Issue,  ten  ch. :  Mary  Jane, 
Lucy  Ann,  Thomas  Morehead,  William  Armsted, 
Jolm  Henry,  James  Albert,  Edward  Asher,  Sarah 
Boone,  Amos  OeWitt  and  Ambrose  Booten. 

+374.    III.  John',  b.  at  Hopewell,  N.  Y. 

+375.    XV.  Asher  Eciiurt\  b.  at  Hopewell,  N.  Y.,  4  Oct.,  iSi8, 

+376.     V,  EzRA^  b.  at  Hopewell,  N.  Y.,  4  July,  1821. 

+377.    VI.  Kinney  Nathaniel',  b.  at  Naples,  N.  Y.,  1 1  June,  1823. 

378.  vii.  Catharine',  b.  at  Hopewell,  N.  Y.,  .  She 

d.  there  in  1S41,  unm. 

379.  vrii.  Mary',  b.  at  Hopewell,  N.  Y.,  15  Jan.,  1827  \    ^*  3 

Dec,  1847,  William  Moore.  Issue  four  ch.,  all  de- 
ceased. She  was  living  at  Coldwater,  Mich.,  in  1901. 

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x86.  ELISHA^  FANNING,  b.  17S0,  {Ensha\ 

Ddind^y  Jonathan^,  Edmund^  Eihnufid^) 

m.  ist,  at  Springfield,  Mass.,  11  March,  i8or, 

Betsey  Grace, 
dau.  of  Joseph  and  Mary  (Snrgeant)  Grace, 
and  b.  at  Springfield,  Mass.,  15  Dec,  1779. 

Betsey  d.  at  Springfield  township  (Leona),  Bradford 
Co.,  Penn.,  25  June,  1S14,  and  is  bur.  there. 
He  m.  2d  at  ,  in  18 14  or  '15, 

Naomi  Barber, 
dau,  of 

and  b.  at  (from  Vermont). 

Naomi  d.  at 

He  m.  3d,  at  ,  8  April,  1824, 

Mrs.  Esther  Beach  McKean, 
dau.  of  Timothy  and  Abigail  (Bennet)  Beach, 
and  wid.  of  James  McKean, 
and  b.  at  Elizabethtown,  N.  J.,  6  April,  1781. 

She  d.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  3  Oct.,  1857,  and  is  bur.  there. 
Elisha  Fanning  d.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  2  Nov.,  1859,  and 
is  bur.  there. 

Elisha  Fanning,  eldest  son  of  Elisha  and  Mary  (But- 
ton) Fanning,  was  born  at  Groton,  Conn.,  4  Sept.,  1 7S0. 
He  was  a  fanner.     He  removed  when  a  child  with  his 
parents  to  West  Springfield,  Mass.,  in  that  part  that  is 
now  Agawam,  where  he  res.  until  1812.    In  that  year  he 
removed  from  Springfield,  Mass.,  to  Springfield,  Bradford 
Co.,  Penn.,  where  he  located,  and  res.  until  his  death. 
Issue  by  wife  Betsey  : 
380.    !.  Amanda^  b.  at  Springfield,  Mass.,  23  Dec,  iSoi ;   ni. 
at  Springfield,  Penn.,  in  Feb.,  1826,  Stephen  A.  Mills 
of  that  town,  b.  at  Neversink,  N.  Y.,  30  May,  1804. 
He  was  a  farmer  and  lumber-dealer,  and  res.  at 
North  'J  owanda,  J5radford  Co.,  Penn. 

She  d.  at  North  Towanda,  Penn.,  22  Aug.,  1879. 

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He  d.  at  North  Towanda,  Penn.,  ai  Dec,  1888. 
. Issue f  bom  ai  North  Towanda^  Ann: 

L  IwIarvin  Edwakd  Mills,  b.  t8  Dec,  1896.  He 
was  an  attomey-at-lair,  and  res.  in  California. 
Held  office  of  Dbtrict  Attorney  in  that  State, 
and  d.  at  Auburn,  Cal.,  24  Oct,  1869. 

n.  GiORGB  Bingham  Mills,  b.  13  April,  iSap ;  m. 
19  Jane,  1856,  Rnth  J.  Harkness.  Occupation, 
fielrmer;  res.,Towanda,Pa.  Issue:  Florence 
A.,  Leslie  D.,  WiUis  G.  and  Fred  A.  MiHs. 
m.  Hankah  BmoKAM  Mills,  b.  29  Nov.,  1830 ;  m. 
in  May,  1850,  Willis  G.  White,  and  have  issue, 
Ida  G.  White,  m.  to  O*  S.  Hall.  Hannah  Mills 
White  d.  at  Marion,  Iowa,  19  Sept.,  1870. 

IV.  Harubt  Buza  Mills, b.  ay  March,  1834 ;  m.  27 

Oct,  1856,  Ephraim  M.  Hoffman  of  German- 
town,  O.,  a  frutt-gxower  and  res.  at  Richmond, 
Ind.  Issue:  A.  Norman,  Cecil  Clyde,  L. 
Bertha,  Avery  Paul,  and  two  who  d.  in  infancy. 

V.  Irenus  Lswb  Mills,  b.  30  April,  1836 ;   d.  9 

Aug.,  1837. 

VI.  CHARLorrs  Amanda  Mills,  b.  18  Nov.,  1839 ; 

m.  13  Feb.,  x86i,  lliomas  Marshal  Bonfoey, 

has  issue,  Herbert  R.  and  George  D. 

38x.  n.  ELIZA^  b.  at  Springfield,  Mass.,  17  March,  1803 ;    m. 

at  Springfield,  Penn«,  13  May,  1830,  Ephraim  Sar- 

geant,  b.  at  Washington,  Mass.,  x8  April,  1809.  He 

was  a  fiinner,  and  removed  fiK>m  Penn.  in  1864  to 

Johnson  Co.,  Iowa,  and  then  to  Marion,  Linn  Co., 

Iowa,  where  he  res.  until  hb  death  15  Nov.,  1897. 

She  d.  at  Marion,  5  March,  1885,  ^^  ^  bur.  there. 

Issue f  all  bom  ai  Sprin^eU^  Pcnn.: 

I.  Ephraim  Dlimtiius  Saugeant,  b.   10  Dec, 

1S34 ;  m.  a8  May,  1856,  Harriet  Maria  Rus- 

sel.  He  is  a  farmer,  and  res.  at  Marion,  Iowa. 

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JL  ROBBCT  ALDDI  SAXGIAMTt  b*  s6  Jtll^   X840; 

m.  4  Sq>t,  1867,  Mny  Elisabeth  Taylor.  He 
is  a  mechanic,  aod  res.  at  Marion,  Iowa, 
m.  Emily  Vicxoua  Sargbamt,  b.  22  Aug.,  1845  $ 
m.  Joseph  Loriqg  Flint.  Res.  at  Marion,  bu 
382.  m.  HIltAlf^  b.  at  Springfield,  Mass.,  27  May,  1805.    He 
never  m. ;  was  a  fimner,  and  res.  at  Leona,  Penn., 
where  he  d.  28  Aug.,  1833,  and  is  bur.  there. 
+383.  nr.  WoLiAM  JAMB^  b.  at  Springfield,  Mass.,  7  March,  1807. 
384.   ▼.  CHAnLonm%  b.  at  ^ringfield,  Mass.,  16  Feb.,  1809 ; 
m.  at  9pringfield,  Penn.,  2  May,  1832,  John  Ward, 
b.  II  April,  1807.    He  d.  3  May,  1881.   She  d.  29 
May,  1884.    Both  bar.  at  Wetonah,  Penn. 
I.  Maua  Adblu  Wakd,  b.  17  Feb.,  1833 ;  d.  at 

Springfield,  Penn.,  21  Aug.,  1853. 
n.  Lsimu  MxLmiu  Wakd,  b.  2  June,  1835. 
m.  PHtLANDBK  Lawudicb  Wakd,  b.  29  Dec,  1836 ; 
m.  at  ^ringfield,  Penn.,  21  Oct.,  1869,  Oc- 
tavia  Oarisn  Bonfoey,  and  have  issue :   Jay 
Lawrence,  Alice  Grsce  and  Edna  Henrietta 
Ward.    Res.  at  Towanda,  Penn. 
+385.   VL  David  Gxacb\  b.  at  Springfidd,  Mass.,  15  Feb.,  181 1. 
386.  vn.  EDwrn*,  b.  at  Leona,  Biadford  Co.,  Penn.,  2  April, 
1813;  d.  12  Feb.,  1814.  ; 

+387.  vm.  EDwrn*,  b.  at  Springfidd,  Penn.,  16  May,  1815;    47';' 
388.   IX.  Amos  BuTTQM%b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  10  April,  181 7; 
d.  22  July,  1825, 
-1-389.  .  X.  EusBA^  b.  at  Le6na,  Penn.,  24  Oct.,  1820. 

.    Issue  iy  Mf^€  Esther: 
-1-390.   XL  Amos  Bunoir^  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  18  Jan.,  1825. 
+391.  xn.  LuTUXR  J(nints\  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  i  Sept,  1827. 

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189.  JOHN*  FANNING,  h.  1784,  {FJisha\  navU\ 

Jifiitt/Iittti^,  /uiMifiti/*,  JUmnmi^) 
m.  at  ,N.  Y., 

Cynthia  Ann  Hewett,  , 
dan.  of  John  and  (  )  Hewctt,  I 

and  b.  at 
She  d.  at 

He  m.  2d,  at  Baltimore,  Md., 

Ann  Harrison, 
dan.  of 
and  b.  at 

She  d.  at  Washington,  D,  C, 
He  m.  3d,  at  Washington,  D.  C, 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 
She  d.  at 

He  m.  4th,  at  Washington,  D.  C, 


d«iii.  of 
and  b.  .it 
She  d.  at 

John  Fanning,  son  of  Elisha  and  Mary  (Button)  Fan- 
ning, was  born  25  Sept.,  1 784.  He  resided  for  a  time  in 
New  York  State,  where  he  married  his  first  wife.  About 
1828  he  removed  to  Baltimore,  Md.,  and  then  to  Wash- 
ington, D.  C,  where  it  is  said  he  died  in  1835  ^^  '3^-  ^^ 
manufactured  a  blacking,  called  "  Fanning's  Blacking." 
Issue  by  wife  Cynthia  : 
+392.  I.  JOHN'^  b.  at  Troy,  N.  Y., 

Issue  by  wife  Ann  : 
+393.  II.  William  Harrison',  Baltimore,  Md.,  27  July,  1S23. 

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191.  AMOS^  FANNING,  b.  1788, 
Jonathaif^  Edmund'^  Edmund^) 
m.  I  sty  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 
She  d.  at 

He  in.  2d,  at 

dan.  of 
and  I),  at 





{Elisha*,  David\ 
Sarah  Hazen, 



Amos  Fanning  was  born  at  ,  16  March, 

17SS,  was  a  lawyer,  and  resided  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  where 

he  died,  21  April,  1854.     Widow  d.  while  on  a  visit  at 

Hrooklyn,  N.  Y.,  3  March,  1864. 

^ssi/e: . 

DuN'THUS  O  ',  b.  at  West  Sprin^^ficld,  Mass.,  tq 

Nov.,  181 2. 
Edwin  S         ',  b.  at  ,16  Feb.,  1815. 

Sarah  Frances",  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  1 1  Sept.,  iSi  7  ; 
m.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  11  Oct.,  1836,  Elbert  Rush- 
more,  a  merchant.     Res.  Hempstead,  N.  Y.,  where 
she  d.  10  Dec,  1878.     He  d.  at  Hempstead,  16 
April,  1891.     Issue:    Alonzo  Hazen,  Adclia  Jane, 
Elizabeth  Dorland,  ro.  Henry  Clay  Bennett ;  James 
Dorland,  m.  Kate  Johnson  Skidmore ;  Emma  Mar- 
tin, m.  Percy  Butler  Bromfield,  Hempstead,  N.  Y. ; 
George  Crosby,  m.  Alice  Irene  Duffy,  Brooklyn ;  and 
PVederick  Hazen  Rushmorc. 
Sidney^  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  10  May,  1820. 
Mary  A        ^,  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  17  Jan.,  1822. 
VI.  Frf.deric  Hazen',  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  17  Dec,  1824. 
vn.  Elisha  S        ^  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  26  March,  1&27. 
VIII.  Makv  a        ',  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  j  i  March,  1829  ; 


Fanny  Hazen,    ; 

m.  at 

Henry  Crosby. 

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X97.  HIRAM*  FANNING,  b.  1799,         {Elishif,  David\ 
Jonathatf^  Edmund^,  Edmund^) 

m.  zst,  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  9  Jan.,  1826, 

Maria  Angelica  Van  Schaick, 

dau.  of  (perhaps  Egbert  and  Maria  Van  Schaick), 
and  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  5  May,  1806. 
Shed,  at  ,  25  Oct.,  183 1. 

He  m.  2d,  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  28  May,  1832, 

Mary  Ann  Mayell, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y. 

Hiram  Fanning  was  bom  at  West  Springfield,  Mass., 
9  Jan.,  1799  ;  was  a  furniture  dealer,  and  resided  at  Al- 
bany many  years.  In  eariy  manhood  he  removed  with 
his  parents  to  Albany,  N.  Y.,  and  for  a  time  served  the 
church  as  chorister;  was  converted  at  24,  connecting 
himself  with  the  Methodist-Episcopal  Church,  and  then 
filled  acceptably  every  office  in  the  church  accessible  to 
a  layman,  for  upwards  of  forty  years.  A  few  years  before 
his  death  he  went  to  live  with  a  daughter  in  Bergen,  N. 
J.,  and  became  a  member  of  the  Duane  Street  M.  E. 
Church  of  New  York,  of  which  his  sister  and  her  family 
were  members. 

He  was  killed  by  the  cars,  at  Bergen,  N.  J.,  23  Oct., 
z868,  in  his  70th  year.     Bur.  in  Rural  Cemetery,  Albany. 
She  d.  at  Philadelphia,  Penn.,  at  her  daughter's  house, 
where  she  had  lived  many  years,  4  April,  1886,  and  is 
bur.  in  Albany,  N.  Y.,  in  Rural  Cemetery. 
Issue  by  wife  Maria  : 
402.    I.  Maria  Angei.ica\  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  14  June,  1827  ; 
m.  at  Albany,  22  Sept.,  1847,  Ralph  Pratt  Waterbury, 
b.  in  Nassau,  N.  Y.,  18  Sept.,  1823.     He  res.  at  Al- 
bany, N.  Y.  and  Akron,  O.    He  d.  20  March,  1885. 
Widow  res.  at  Oak  Park,  Chicago,  III. 

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403.  ". 

404.  III. 

405-  IV. 

406.  V. 

407.  VI. 

-408.  \ai. 

410.  IX. 

lisur  : 
I.  Charles  F  Wateruury,  b.  at  Albany,  N. 

Y.,  15  July,  1S4S;  m.  II  Oct.,  187 1,  Martha 

S.  Johnson. 
II.  WuxiAM  H  Watkrbury,  b.  at  Albany,  N. 

Y.,  17  Jan.,  1S51;  ni.  16  Oct.,  18S3,  Nellie 

S.  Wetmore. 

III.  Emma  Wateruury,  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  7  Jan., 

'^53;  "^'  3  J"ly,  1S78,  Edward  T.  Malone. 

IV.  Julia  .Mvers  Wateruury,  b.  at  Akron,  O.,  25 

Dec,  1857  ;  ni.  19  Oct.,  1882,  John  Johnston. 
She  d.  29  March,  1S92. 

V.  Ralph  Pk.vrr  Wai  eri;ury,  b.  at  Akron,  O.,  i 

Nov.,  1859;  d.  I  Sept.,  1875. 
VI.  GRACt  Wateruury,  b.  at  Akron,  O.,  I  May,iS66  ; 
m.  29  July,  1S9'),  W.  I.  Van  Keuren. 
Almira",  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  23  July,  1829 ;  m.  at  Al- 
bany, ,  Benjamin  Clark.     He  res.  at  79- 
81  Monticello  Avenue,  Jersey  City  Heights,  N.  J. 
Almira  d.  at  Bergen,  N.  J.,  in  1898. 

Anna  DoROTHv^  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  15  or  16  May, 

1831 ;  d.  19  Sept.,  1831. 

Issue  by  wife  Mary  Ann  : 
Mary  Elizabeth^  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  9  Aug.,  1833  ; 

d.  in  Sept.,  1835. 
Frances  Mary',  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  24  Sept.,  1834 ; 
Clara',  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  27  Dec,  1835  ;   d.  22 

April,  1838. 
Charles  Hiram',  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  22  Aug.,  1837. 
,  Elizabeth  Faulkner',  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  5  Dec, 

1839.     ^^s.  in  Philadelphia,  unm.,  at  2108  Arch  St, 
William  Mayell',  b.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  5  or  6  May, 

1843;  d.  s  Nov.,  1854. 

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199.  JAMES*  FANNING,  b.  1775,  (Jamf^\James\ 

Jamcs^^  Thomas^ ^  Juimumi^) 

in.  at  Southampton,  L.  L,  30  Jan.,  1800, 

Mary  Howellt 
dau.  of  Matthew  and  Phebc  (Rogers)  Howell, 
and  b.  at  Southampton,  L.  L,  8  July,  1774. 

James  Fanning  was  born  at  Aquebogue,  Sufibllc  Co., 
L.  L,  17  Aug.,  1775.  He  was  a  fanner  and  surveyor,  and 
kept  a  public  house.  He  removed  3  Nov.,  18 14,  to 
Moriches,  L.  I.,  and  was  appointed  postmaster,  19  June, 
1815,  which  position  he  held  until  15  March,  1827,  being 
succeeded  by  his  son,  James  Matthew  Fanning.  He  served 
in  the  War  of  1S12,  for  he  is  referred  to  in  Thompson's 
History  of  Long  Island  as  "Ensign  "James  Fanning,  who 
took  part  in  an  engagement  at  Riverhcad,  31  May,  1814.* 
His  wife  d.  at  Moriches,  L.I.,  15  Oct.,  1844.  He  d.  at 
Moriches,  4  April,  1848,  in  his  73d  year.  Bur.  in  old 
Family  Burying  Ground,  Moriches. 

His  will  is  recorded  at  Riverhead,  dated  8  Jan.,  1848, 
proved  29  May,  1848,  and  mentions  dau.  Phebe,  wife  of 
Peter  Linington ;   son  James  Matthew  Fanning ;   dau. 
Salome  Fanning,  and  dau.  Polly,  wife  of  John  Hallock. 
He  appointed  his  son,  James  Matthew  Fanning,  and  son- 
in-law,  Peter  Linington,  his  executors. 
Issue ^  six  children,  aU  bom  in  town  of  Riverhead: 
41  z.    I.  Phebe  Rogers^  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  8  Dec,  1800 ; 
m.  at  Moriches,  L.  I.,  20  Nov.,  1833,  Peter  Lining- 
ton.    Issue  :   John  Fanning,  Mary,  Matilda  Wykoff 
and  Frances  Mary  Linington.     Phebe  d.  at  Center 
Moriches,  L.  L,  12  Aug.,  1866. 
+412.  II.  James  MATTHEw^b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.I.,  27  Dec,  1802. 

♦  Vide  History  of  Long  Island,  etc.,  by  Benjamin  F.  Thompson,  ist  edi- 
tion, N.  Y.,  1839,  p.  259. 

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413. 1x1.  MARY^  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  5  July,  1805  ;  d.  27  Sept., 

414.  IV.  Polly  or  Mary',  b.  <it  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  28  Dec,  1S07  ; 
m.  at  Moriches,  L.  I.,  4  March,  1826,  John  Hallock, 
b.  at  Moriches,  2  April,  1803.  He  was  a  carpenter 
and  merchant,  and  res.  at  Moriches,  L.  I.  Was  in 
Quartermaster's  Department  during  Civil  War.  She 
d.  at  Moriches,  24  Oct.,  1S74  ;  he  d.  7  April,  iS8f . 
Issue,  eleven  ch.,  all  b.  at  Moriches,  except  Adelaide  : 
L  David  Hallock,  b.  20  Jan.,  1827  ;  a  merchant 

for  many  years  at  Bridgehampton,  L.  I. 
II.  Adklaide  Haliox^k,  b.  at  Brookhaven,  L.  I.,  2 
Aug.,  182S;  d.  15  Aug.,  1885. 

III.  Elmvra  Hallock,  b.  2S  Dec,   1830;    d.   15 

Nov.,  1835. 

IV.  James  F^^N-n-ing  Hallock,  b.  24  March,  1833  ; 

at  one  time  State  Controller  of  Nevada ;  d.  13 
Sept.,  1903. 

V.  Catherine  Hallock,  b.  4  March,   1S36  ;    m. 

.\rlington  Smith,  and  res.  at  Islip,  L.  I. 
VL  Sarah  A.  Hallock,  b.  12  May,   1838;   d.   2 

June,  1884. 
VII.  Charles  Hallock,  b.  3  Nov.,  1840;    res.  at 

Bridgehampton,  L.  I.;  d.  18  Jul}',  1903. 
vin.  Edmund  Hallock,  b.  14  Nov.,  1842  ;  merchant 

and  postmaster  at  Moriches,  L.  I. 
IX.  John  HALL0CK,b.3  April,  1845  ;  d.6Jan.,  1847. 
X.  Mary  H.  Hallock,  b.  8  May,  1847. 
XI.  NicoLL  Tuthill  Hallock,  b.  26  July,  1849 ; 

merchant  at  Bridgehampton ;  d.  15  May,  1890. 

415.  v.  Salome',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  23  Dec,  1809.    She 

never  m.     D.  21  July,  1885. 

416.  VI.  Catharine^  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  2  Sept.,  181 2  ;  d. 

29  Sept.,  18 13. 

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MO.  NATHANIEL'  FANNING,  b.  17771  {Jamts^ 

family  Jame^^  Thoma^t  Edmund^) 
m*  at  Aqaebogue.  Riverhead  Town,  SaflToIk  Co.,  L.  I., 

Abigail  Terry, 
.  dau.  of  Maj.  John  Cleaves  and  Kezia  (Tuthill)  Terry, 
and  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  25  Feb.,  1786. 

Nathaniel  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Mary  (Reeve) 
Fanning,  was  bom  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  15  Aug.,  1777. 
Was  a  farmer  and  local  preacher  of  the  Gospel,  and  re- 
sided at  Flanders,  L.  I.  He  was  often  called  to  fill  pul- 
pits in  the  absence  of  regular  pastors.  He  held  revival 
services  and  religious  meetings  in  chapels,  schoolhouses, 
and  private  dwellings  in  the  surrounding  country,  and 
earned  the  soubriquet  of  **  Priest  Nat"  He  was  a  man 
of  great  strength  of  character,  and  did  much  good  in 
his  day.  Early  in  life  he  united  with  the  Congregadonal 
Church  at  Aquebogue,  but  later  he  joined  the  Methodist- 
Episcopal  Church  at  Flanders. 

He  inherited  by  will  from  his  father  in  181 2,  lands  in 
Southampton,  and  setded  at  Flanders  in  that  town,  where 
he  built  his  house  about  1825*,  and  he  accumulated  quite 
a  property. 

His  wife  d.  at  Flanders,  13  Feb.,  z850,a.64yrs.(gA) 

He  d.  at  Flanders,  3  March,  x866,  a.  88  yis.,  6  mos., 
23  ds.  (g.s.) 

Both  bur.  m  Flanders  Cemetery. 

His  will  is  on  record  at  Riverhead,  dated  2  Sept,  1 865, 
proved  19  June,  1866,  and  mentions  his  sons  Nathaniel, 
Edward  K.,  Harvey  L.,  Franklin  T.,  daus.  Abigail  Fan- 
ning and  Sarepta  Squires,  gr.-sons  George  T.  Fanning, 
Edward  Olin,  Harvey  Pierson  and  Geotge  Terry. 

^Vidc  L.L  Wills  Book  Q  p.  255. 

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417.   I.  Jamb  Casoliiix\  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L*  ^3  Jal]r»  XS03 ; 
m.  at  Flanden  in  1823,  Cbarici  Sandfiwd,  a  fiumcr' 
of  Flanders,  b.  30  Sept.,  1804. 

She  d.  there  15  Fd>.,  1833^    He  d.  3  Jan.,  x877« 

L  LoDOWiCK  Haubt SAMDfoaD,  b.  IX  Koagn  x8s6. 
n.  Ifanr  Jamb  Samdfokd,  b.  ay  June,  1828 ;  nu . 

Capt;  James  Kent 
m.  Chaxlis  EDGAnSAMDfOBD^  b.  7  Feb.,  1831 ;  m. 
Roxana  Gordon. 
4x8.  IL  AniQAnJ,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  8  Aprfl,  1805 ;   m.  at 
Flanders,  L.  I.,  5  AprO,  1827,  Jacob*  Fanning^  (No. 
2x8).    See  data  under  dMt  number. 
+4x9.  m.  NatkamuoJ,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  7  March,  1807. 
420.  IV.  Euzabbth',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  13  Feb.,  1809 ;  m. 
at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  ,  Thomas  Seaman,  and 

res.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  L    Issue,  one  dan.,  Elisa- 
beth, who  d.  young. 

She  d.  29  March,  1831  (g.  s.  reads  **aged  21  ^), 
and  is  bur.  in  Flanders  Cemetery. 
42X.  y.  SABBPrA^  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  22  Jan.,  i8xx  ;  m.  at 
Squiretown,  L.  I.,  17  Nor.,  1834,  Lewis  Squires,  a 
ftnner,  s.  of  Ellis  Sqmres,  b.  17  Feb.,  1804.  They 
res.  Ponquogue,  L.  L  He  d;  15  June,  1876.  She  d. 
at  Water  Mill,  L.  L,  8  Jan.,  1903.  Both  bur.  Good 
Ground,  L>  L 
Issue^jfeur  ckiUren^  M  horn  ai  PfUfu^gue^  L.  I^ 

L  Masy  Jamb  Sqoibbs,  b.  30  Nor.,  1836 ;  d.  19 

Sept.,  1856. 
n.  Framcbs  Matoda  Sqoibbs,  b.  26  July,  1838 ; 
m.  9  March,  1859,  Samuel  B.  Squires  of  Water 
Mill,  L.  I. 
m.  Edwabd  Lewis  Sqoibbs,  b.  29  May,   1844 ; 
served  in  Civfl  War ;  lives  at  Ponquogue,  LJ. 

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4-422.     VI. 

423.  VII, 

424.  Vlll, 



+426.     X. 
+427-    XI. 

42S.    XII. 

IV.  WlI.MAM   HOkACK  Sl^CIIKKS,   1).   5    NuV.,    1.^47; 

ni.  I   May,  1SC9,  Ailclino  Sanfurd,  duu.  of 

WiHtani  Sanford,  and  b.  21  Nov.,  1843.   He 

is  a  wheelwright  and  res.  at  Southampton,  L.  L 

Gamaliel',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  21  Jan.,  1S13. 

Naxcv  Anm',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  11  Sept.,  1814; 

d.  12  April,  1823.  Bur.  in  Flanders  Cemetery. 
Samuel  Terry",  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  11  June,  1818. 
He  was  never  m.  Was  a  school-teacher  and  local 
preacher.  He  held  an  official  position  in  the  Metho- 
dist Episcopal  Church,  and  was  very  proficient  in 
his  religious  meetings.  He  d.  23  March,  1845,  and 
is  bur.  at  Flanders  Cemetery  (g.  s.  reads :  *'  in  his 
26th  year"). 
Edward  King  Conklin^  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  30 

June,  1820. 
Harvey  Lester',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  13  June,  1822. 
Franklin  Terry',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  14  Feb.,  1S25. 
Emily  Ann',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  14  Dec,  1826  ;  m. 
at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  in  Feb.,  1849,  Columbus  Frank- 
lin Terry  [s.  of  Richard,  s.  of  Daniel  Terry],  a  far* 
mer,  and  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  3  July,  1820.  They 
res.  at  Baiting  Hollow,  L.  I.  Shed.  12  Dec,  1858* 
Was  a  member  of  M.  E.  Church,  which  she  joined 
at  the  age  of  nine  years. 

Issue  : 
I.  Edward  Franklin  Terry,  b.  at  Baiting  Hol- 
low, L.  I.,  29  April,  1853 ;  m.  at  Riverhead, 
L.  L,  21  July,  i88x,  Ida  E.  Vail,  dau.  of 
Capt.  Charles  E.  Vail. 


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32  2  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

1203.  MANASSAH«  FANNING,  b.  1786,  {James^, 

James^yjames^^  Thomas^ ^  Edmund^) 

m.  I  St,  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  , 

Hannah  Goodale, 
dau.  of  Josiah  and  Hannah  (Convin)  Goodale, 
and  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  in  Jan.,  1791. 

She  d.  in  Riverhead  Town,  1 2  April,  1850,  a.  59  yrs.,  3 
mos.,  and  is  bur.  in  Aqucbogue  Cemetery. 

He  m.  2d,  at  Riverhead,  L.  L,  , 

Mrs.  Phcbe  (Goodale)  Smith, 
dau.  of  Josiah  and  Hannah  (Corwin)  Goodale, 
and  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  ,  a  sister  of  his 

first  wife,  and  widow  of  Capt.  Samuel  Smith.  She  had 
one  dau.,  Hannah,  b.  after  Capt.  Smith's  decease,  who 
m.  Dr.  Richard  H.  Benjamin,  and  had  issue  Hannah 
Amelia  and  Manassah  V'anping  Benjamin. 

Manassah  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Mary  (Reeve) 
Fanning,  was  l)orn  at  Aquebogue, !..  L,  10  Jan.,  1 7S6.  He 
was  a  farmer  by  occupation,  and  resided  in  Riverhead 
Town,  L.  I.,  and  owned  large  tracts  of  land  in  Southamp- 
ton, L.  I.,  which  he  inherited  from  his  father  at  his  death 
in  i8i3. 

He  d.  in  Riverhead  Town,  Suffolk  Co.,  L.  I.,  17  Nov., 
1858,  a.  72  yrs.,  10  mos.,  and  is  bur.  in  Aquebogue  Ceme- 

His  will  is  recorded  at  Riverhead,  dated  9  Jan.,  1855, 
proved  4  Jan.,  1859,  and  mentions  Hannah  Fanning  Ben- 
jamin, wife  of  Richard  Hampton  Benjamin,  Hannah  Ame- 
lia Benjamin  and  Manassah  Fanning  Benjamin,  her  chil- 
dren. He  appointed  his  wife,  Phebe  Fanning,  and  Richard 
H.  Benjamin  his  executors.     No  issue. 

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906.  ISRAEL*  FANNING,  b.  1794,        {Jame^.Jawu^, 
Jame^t  Thowuu^^  Edmuiut^) 

m.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  4  Feb^  18x4, 

Clarissa  SkidmorCt 
dau.  of  Hesekiah  and  Mary  (Sells)  Skidmore, 
and  b*  at  Wading  Rivera  L.  L,  15  Jnne,  1796. 

Israel  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Mary  (Reeve)  Fan- 
ning, was  born  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  is  April,  1794.  He 
was  a  fiurmer,  and  resided  in  FranklinviUe,  RJverfaead 
Town,  Saffolk  Co.,  L.  L,  on  lands  inherited  by  will  from 
his  father,  James  Fanning^  in  181  s.  He  received  one 
half  his  father's  lands  in  Aquebogue.  His  farm  was  loca- 
ted near  the  present  boundary  line  between  the  towns  of 
Riverhead  and  Southold.  He  removed  from  Aquebogue 
to  FranklinviUe,  now  Laurel,  in  1826  or  '37.  Israel  and 
his  brother.  Dr.  Joshua  Fanning,  (see  account  under  head 
of  No.  207,  Joshua  Fanning)  inherited  the  homestead 
farm,  with  store  on  the  place,  in  addition  to  large  tracts 
of  woodland  in  town  of  Southampton. 

His  farm  extended  from  Long  Island  Sound  on  the 
north  to  Great  Peconic  Bay  on  the  south,  some  three  or 
four  miles  in  length.  The  western  part  of  the  farm,  a  strip 
of  land  about  80  rods  in  width,  Israel  willed  at  his  death 
to  his  son  Simeon ;  estimated  580  acres.  The  eastern 
part  of  the  fium  Israel  willed  to  his  son  Edward,  who  was 
occupying  it  at  that  time. 

Israel  d.  at  FkanUinviDe,  now  Lanrd,  L.  I.,  xi  Oct., 
1874,  a.  80  yrs.,  6  mos^  and  is  bur.  at  LaureL 

Clarissa  d.  at  FranklinviUe,  now  Laurel,  L.  I.,  6  March, 
1890,  a.  93  yrs.,  9  mos.,  and  is  bur.  at  Laurel. 

His  win  is  recorded  at  Riverhead,  dated  3  Oct.,  1874, 
proved  ax  May,  1877,  and  mentions  wife  Clarissa,  sons 

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3^4  History  0fttu  Fanning  Family 

Smeon  B*  tnd  Edward,  and  dan.  Maiy  Fiances.  He  ap«> 
pointed  ai  hit  execoton  his  wife,  Oariisa  Fanning,  j; 
Halsey  Young  and  William  llllckhanL  \ 

-I- 4*9.    L  Jamb^  b.  at  Aqoebogue,  L.  I.,  s8  Oct.,  1815. 
430.   n.  EovAKD^  b.  at  Aqnebogoe,  L.  I.,  18  May,  181 7 ;   d. 
.s8  Sept.,  1818,  a.  I  jr.,  4  mot.,  10  ds.  Bur.  in  Aqne*- 
bogue  Cemetery. 
-I-431.  m.  Edwakd^  b.  at  Aqnebogne,  L.  L,  15  Feb.,  iSao. 
43a.  nr.  FkAMCB  liAxf^  b.  at  Aqnebogne,  L.  I.,  i  June,  i8ax  ; 
m.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  95  liCay,  184a,  Dr.  Claik 
Wright,  b.  at  Ashfbrd,  Windham  Co.,  Conn.,  9  Aug., 

He  was  a  physician,  and  res.  at  FranklinviDe,  L.  L, 
where  he  d.  10  April,  *x888. 

Widow  sum ves  and  res.  with  her  son,  C.  C.  Wright, 
'  at  Greenport,  L.  I. 

I.  CHAai,wat  Clamc  Wxigbt,  b.  xx  June,  1843 1  >&• 
xst,  x6  June,  X869,  Saxah  A.  Griffing;  m.  ad, 
X7  Feb.,  x89a,  Lena  L.  GrifSug.     Res.  at 
Greenport,  L.  I. 
433*   ▼.  FtAinaair  Ftlf>n1ar^  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  7  Feb., 
1813 ;  d.  7  Jan.,  X836. 
+434*  .TL  SnciONBDfjAXfDi',  b.  at  FrankBuTille,  L.  L,  31  Dec,, 

•    »•«*•  •   •  •  •  t' 

433.  "vn.  Hum  MAmN^  b.  at  FkanUinvQIe,  L.  I.,  a8  Feb., 
i83s;d.  19  Oct,  x83a..  .  . 

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207.  JOSHUA*  FANNING,  b.  1797,         U'iniei^Jamrs\ 

ni.  at  Aqueboguc,  L.  I.,  7  Oct.,  1820, 

Elma  Tuthill, 
dan.  of  David  and  Mary  (Howell)  Tuthill, 
and  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L,  I.,  28  Oct.,  1802. 

Dr.  Joshua  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Mary  (Reeve) 
J'anning,  was  born  at  A(|uebogue,  Riverheaii  Town,  L.  I., 
9  Marcli,  1797.  He  was  a  physician  and  fanner.  After 
leaving  his  academic  studies  and  attending  a  noted  school 
on  Long  Island,  Joshua  placed  himself  under  two  of  the 
most  eminent  physicians  of  New  York  City,  and  received 
his  diploma  as  a  Doctor  of  Medicine  at  the  New  York 
Medical  College  in  1818.  Entering  at  once  upon  his 
profession  he  became  successful  as  a  practitioner  and 

In  April,  1S37,  Dr.  Fanning  removed  to  Grcenport,  L. 
I.,  and  resided  there  u^any  years.  He  then  lived  two 
years  in  Riverhead,  where  he  and  Judge  Miller  of  that 
town  founded  a  Female  Seminary. 

In  1854  he  went  to  Ohio  for  two  years.  He  then  re- 
moved to  Bethel,  Me.,  and  in  1862  to  Lewiston,  where 
he  resided  and  practiced  his  profession  until  his  death. 

Dr.  Fanning  was  in  1829  a  member  of  the  Aquebogue 
Church,  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  and  one  of  fifty-seven  members 
who  withdrew,  29  June  that  year,  to  organize  what  was 
called  "The  Fanning  Church,"  about  a  mile  west  of  the 
Aquebogue  Church,  but  which  claimed  to  be  the  tnie 
church  in  Aquebogue,  and  called  itself  by  the  old  name  : 
"The  First  Street  Congregational  Church  of  Upper  Aque- 
bogue." In  1834  this  church  gave  off  a  colony  which 
organized  the  Congregational  Church  in  Riverhead  of 
about  forty  members.  Dr.  Fanning  was  one  of  them,  ami 
was  elected  Deacon  of  the  Church  at  that  time. 

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326  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

He  inherited  from  his  father  in  181 2  one  hair  of  all  his 
lands  in  Aquebogiie,and  probably  received  the  home  place. 
It  is  now  the  property  of  the  widow  of  Thomas  Melvin. 
He  d.  at  Lewiston,  Me.,  6  Dec,  1866,  a.  69  yrs.,  4  mos. 
Widow  d.  at  Aqucbogue,  L.  I.,  8  Aug.,  1870,  a.  67  yrs., 
10  mos.    Both  are  bur.  at  Bethel,  Me. 
Issue  : 
+436.    1.  Joseph  Addison^  Sag  Harbor,  L.  I.,  22  Aug.,  1822. 

437.  11.  Glorianna',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  25  Nov.,  1825  ; 

ra.  at  Aquebogue,  25  Oct.,  1S70,  Caleb  Halsey  Ben- 
jamin, b.  at  Northville,  L.  I.,  15  March,  1821,  her 
second  cousin,  a  widower  with  3  ch.  He  was  s.  of 
David  Benjamin,  whose  mother  was  Elizabeth  Fan- 
ning. He  was  a  farmer,  and  res.  at  Centrcville,  L. 
I.,  and  d.  2  June,  1900.  Wid.  res.  at  Portland,  Me. 
No  issue. 

438.  III.  PvOSalixe',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  29  Sept.,  1828 ;  d. 

20  Jan.,  1837. 

439.  XV.  ISABELL*\  Gr.\ham',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  14  Feb., 

1S35  ;  m.  at  Bethel,  Me.,  8  Dec,  1858,  Albert  Little 
Burbank,  s.  of  Jedcdiah  Burbank,  and  b,  at  Bethel, 
Oxford  Co.,  Me.,  18  Oct.,  1831.  He  is  a  merchant, 
of  firm  of  Burbank,  Douglass  &  Co.,  Portland,  Me. 
She  d.  14  Nov.y  1902. 

Issue : 
I,  Mortimer  Fanning  Burbank,  b.  at  Bethel,  Me.,  i 
28  Dec,  1862  ;  d.  15  Aug.,  1S63.  j 

XL  Frances  Burbank,  b.  at  Portland,   Me.,    i   1 
March,  1872  ;  d.  4  Feb.,  1898.  ! 

XII.  Fanning  Josmua  Burbank,  b.  at  Portland,  Mc, 
24  Nov.,  1878;  m.  II  Nov.,  X903,  Harriet 
S.  Chase. 

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209.  JOHN*  FANNING,  b.  1784,  ijok^jamt^, 

Jame^^  Tk^Mios*,  Edmund^) 

m.  ist  at  Southampton,  L.  L,  17  Jan.,  1808, 

Hannah  Sasrre, 
dan.  of  Stq>beii  and  Eliiabeth  (  )  Sayre, 

and  b.  at  Southampton,  L.  I.,  22  Oct^  1786. 
She  d.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  9  liiarch,  1823 ;  bur.  there. 
He  m.  2d,  at  Baidng  Hollow,  L.  I.,  13  Jan.,  1824, 

Polly  Benjamin, 
dan.  of  Nathan  and  Joanna  (Sweesey)  Benjamin, 
and  b.  at  Baidng  Hollow,  L.  I^  28  Sept,  1787. 

John  Fanning  was  bom  at  Flanders,  Southampton 
Town,  L.  I.,  18  Aug.,  1784,  and  resided  there  and  fol- 
lowed fanning. 


'^^f^^n^fty^  ^^//kyr 

Age  27  (iSii) 

He  d.  at  Flanders,  26  March,  1862. 

Widow  d.  at  Flanders,  13  Jan.,  1864.  Both  bur.  at 

His  will  is  recorded  at  Riverhead,  dated  8  Sept,  1858, 
proved  23  Feb.,  1863,  and  mentions  wife  Polly  Fanning, 
his  father,  John  Fanning;  sons  John  and  Moses,  dans. 
Joanna  Benjamin,  Jemima  Squires,  Sally  HaUock,  Han- 
nah Smith,  Elizabeth  Robinson,  Deborah  Brown,  and  son- 
in-law,  Daniel  Hallock.  In  his  will  John  speaks  of  land 
he  owned  joindy  with  Peter  Fanning,  bounded  by  lands 
of  Nathaniel  Fanning.  He  appointed  as  hii  executors  his 
sons  John  Fanning  and  Moses  Fanning  and  son-in-law 
Daniel  Hallock. 

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Ismetyw^e  Hammmk: 
440.     L  HAmujii',  h.  at  FbadeiSy  L.L,  xSDcc,  s8o8;' 
FlaiideiBt9Feb.,  iSjjtObed  Smith  of  Good  Groimdy 
b.  at  Squiietowa,  L.  I^  %i  Feb^  x8o6.    Ret.  Good 
Gfooiid,  where  he  d.  S7  Aag^  1856.    Widow  d.  at 
Cahpertoo,  L.  I.,  17  Jan.,  XS75.  Bur.  Baiting  Hollow^ 
X.  BABUBas  Allsn  SMRHt  b.  at  Fhnden,  L.  L, 

x8  April,  XS34. 
IL  Makt  EutABKTH  Smth,  b.  at  Good  Ground, 

L.L,  2S  Oct.,  1S39 ;  d.  184s. 
BL  GnoMS  Egbeit  Smith,  b.  at  Good  Ground, 

L.  L,  26  Jan.,  1842 ;  d.  Aug.,  1896. 
rr.  Chaklb  Hsmnr  Smitxi,  b.  at  Good  Ground, 
L.  I.,  26  Maich,  1845. 
+441.    n.  Joioc\  b.  at  Fhnders,  L.  L,  28  Feb.,  x8ti. 
44«.   m.  Mart*,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  3  Aug.,  18x3 ;   m.  at* 
Riveifaead,  L.  I.,  Phineas  Cooper.  She  d.  in  Illinois 
in  1843.  Issue  four  ch.,  three  of  whom  were  bur.  in 
Riveriiead  where  their  parents  had  made  their  home 
sevcnl  years.    He  d.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  L 
443*   rr.  Buzokth',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  3  Aug.,  1813 ;   nu 
at  West  Hampton,  L.  L,  in  qiring  of  1854,  Samuel 
Robinson,  b.  25  Feb.,  x8ox.    She  was  hfa  second 
wiib.  Thej  res.  in  town  of  Southampton,  L.  I.,  where 
she  d.  IS  Aprilt  1880.     He  d.  at  Good  Ground, 
L.  Ly  a4  Jan.,  1884.    Both  bur.  at  Red  Creelu 
444.    V.  9rarmn\  b.  at  Flanders,  L.L,  2  July,  18x3 ;  d.  1820. 
445«   ¥L  Dnonai^,  F1anden,L.L,3ilia]r,  x8x7;  nuat 
Flanders^  tt  Dec,  X839,  SUney  Brown,  a  fiumer,  b. 
at  Cutchogue,  L.  I.,  23  Nov.,  x8i 7.  Res.  Southamp- 
toii,whexe hed.  X7  Feb.,  1890.  She d.  sSliay,  x86o« 
L  Jomr  Haimnr  Bbowm,  b.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  L, 
9  March,  X84X  ;  m.  atQuogue,  L.I.,  29  Noir., 
X876,  Famqr  J.  Gordon*  Res.  Southampton. 

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n.  Chawim  L.  Bmown,  b.  at  Sooduunpton,  L.  L, 
IS  March,  1843.  Was  in  Civfl  War,  Co.  H, 
iSTthRegtfN.Y.  State  Vols.  KiDediBbas- 
tie  at  Honej  HOI,  S.  C,  9  Dec,  \9A^ 
XEL  GvMtoi  W.  BaowN,  b.  at  Sootfaamptoii,  L.  L, 
so  Sept,  184&  He  started  for  CalUbnia  ia 
1878  and  was  not  hesrd  from  afterward* 
+446.  m  MdSBs',  b»  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  5  Not<^  1819. 

447.  vnLDainBJ,b.  at  Flaiiden,L.L,  March,  t8s3;  d.  i8s4. 

June  ty  wffe  JPflfy  : 

448.  OL  JOAxau?,  h.  at  Flanden,  L.  L,  S7  May,  xSss ;  m.  at 

Flanden^  s8  Nor.,  1843,  J^ies  Benfaorin,  h» 

at  Pbnders,  8  Noir.,  1810,  s.  of  WilBam  FUUp 

and  Hannah  (Fannfaig)  Beii|aniin  (No.  sis). 

Ses.  at  Flanden,  where  he  d.  11  Sept,  1887. 

Jssme,  torm  ^UFbrndirt^L.!^ 

I.  Mast  Eaou  BnjAicm,   h.  17  Aqg.^ 

1845 ;  m.  James  Edwards  of  Middle 

Soad.    Ses.  at  Aqoebogoe,  L.  L. 

n.JaAiiiu  Enr^BBTH  BurjAimr,  h.  S3 

March,  1847 ;  nnm. 

m.  EuAMOR  Jamb  Bin jAimr,  h.  5  Jane, 

1848 ;  m.  at  Fbuiden,  S9  Dec,  1869, 

EHhn  Hubbard  of  Sonthamploii,  L.  L 

rr.  Hammah  BrnjAimr,  b.  15  Noir.,  1850; 

d.  19  Not.,  1850. 
¥.  Jamii  WnjQir  BniAiinr,  b.  10  April, 
.       1853;  m.  s  Jan.,  1878,  GsAaiine 
Rosdb  Newton.,  Ses.  Cshpenon^i.  L 
n.  Son  Ouna  BnijAifnr,  b.  6  Sept, 
1855 ;  m.  at  Flanders,  S7  Dec,  1881, ' 
George  Henry  Wells  of  Nordivine,Ll. 
vn.  Matilda  BENjAMm,  b.  ai  Jnne,  1857 ; 
[TWo  ch.  d.  in  infiincy.] 


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330  History  of  the  Favning  Family 

449*    X*  Sally^,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  ^  Feb.,  xSsy ;    m.  at 
Flanders,  31  Dec,  1844,  Daniel  Case  Hallock.  Res. 
East  Hampton,  L.  I.    He  d.  10  Aug.,  1886. 
Issue ^  all  bam  at  Flanders^  Z.  /••* 
L  Horace  MoNaos  Hallock,  b.  8  Dec.,  1846 ; 
ra.  at  Riverhead,  lU  !•?  16  J<u^*»  1866,  Annis 
Brown,  dau.  of  David  and  Martha  (Webb) 
Brown  of  Flanders.    Res.  Flanders, 
u.  John  Daiobl  Hallock,  b.  xo  Aug.,  1852 ;  m. 
at  Middle  Road,  xo  Sept.,  X874,  Georgianna 
Eva  Benjamin,  dau.  of  Daniel  and  Aaubah 
(Moseley)  Benjamin,  b.  X5  Feb.,  1856. 
ni.  Ernest  Lindslsy  Hallock,  b.  x6  Nov.,  1857 ; 
m.  at  Riverhead,  30  May,  1875,  ^^^  IkoXy^ 
inson  of  Middle  Road,  dau.  of  Davis  and  Polly 
(Sweezey)  Robinson.    Res.  Riverhead. 
IV.  Ai>A  Marixtta  Hallock,  b.  ao  Aug.,  1862 ;  m. 
3  Nov.,  1886,  William  B.  Lester.     Res.  East 
450.  XL  JaushjJ,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  27  May,  1829 ;    m.  i 
Jan.,  X856,  Harvey  Squires,  b.  6  March,  X827,  a  ^* 
mer,  and  res.  Flanders,  where  he  d«  25  Aug.,  1867. 
Widow  d*  26  Feb.,  X902.  She  was  a  school-teacher, 
and  taught  the  district  school  many  years. 
L  Mary  Auck  Squouo,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  2x 
'  Feb.,  X857;   m.  20  Feb.,  x886,  Chauncey 
Minor  Hairens  of  Flanders,  a  carpenter.    He 
d.  14  Jan.,  1899. 
n.  Emma  Eluarcxh  Sqcjiris,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I., 

X4  Jan.,  1859 ;  d.  14  June,  1874. 
m.  Deborah  A.  Squirbs,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  14 
Oct.,  x86x  ;  m.  2$  Dec.,  1882,  S.  Allen  Brown 
of  Southampton,  L.  I.    He  d.  29  Nov.,  1883. 

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axo.  PETER*  FANNING,  b.  1786, 
Jamcj;\  Thomas^^  Edmund^) 

m.  xst|  at  Southampton,  L.  I. 



about  Octy  1810., 
Mercy  Bishop, 
dau.  of  John  and  (  )  Bishop, 

and  b.  at  Southampton,  L.  I.,  i  Aug.,  X7S5. 
She  d.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  16  Nov.,  1820. 

He  m.  2d  at  Quogue,  L.  I.,  26  Feb.,  1823, 

Mary  Foster, 
dau.  of  Josiah  and  Esther  (Post)  Foster, 
and  b.  at  Quogue,  L.  I.,  14  Sept.,  x  784. 
She  d.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  la  May,  1839. 

He  m.  3d,  at  Quogue,  L.  I.,  , 

Millicent  Foster, 
dau.  of  Rufus  and  Ruth  (Hatsey)  Foster, 
and  b.  at  Quogue,  L.  I.,  x8  Sept.,  X796. 

Peter  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Mary  (Aldrich)  Fan- 
ning, was  born  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  7  May,  1 786 ;  was  a 
farmer  and  carpenter,  and  resided  in  Flanders  until  X842, 
when  he  removed  to  New  Suffolk,  L.  I. 

His  wife  d.  at  New  Suffolk,  L.  I.,  8  Dec,  1870,  a.  74 
yrs.,  and  was  bur.  at  Cutchogue.  (g.  s.) 

He  d.  at  New  Suffolk,  L.  I.,  7  Jan.,  1871,  a.  85  yrs., 
and  was  bur.  at  Cutchogue.  (g.  s.) 

His  will,  recorded  at  Riverhead,  dated  29  June,  1867, 
proved  10  April,  1871,  mentions  wife  Millicent,  son  Fos- 
ter Roe  Fanning,  daus.,  Maria,  wife  of  Lewis  Young; 
Harriet,  wife  of  Hampton  Terry ;  Sophia,  wife  of  Silas 
Tuthill  (Tuttle)  ;  and  Eliza,  wife  of  Lewis  Warner. 

Issue  by  wife  Mercy: 
I.  MiLUE  Maria\  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  x  Oct.,  x8xt  ;  m. 
at  Flanders,  2  June,  X832,  Lewis  Young,  a  farmer  of 
Baiting  Hollow,  L.  I.,  where  he  was  b.  i  Feb.,  1812. 
He  d.  at  Baiting  Hollow,  x  June,  xSS8.  She  d.  there 
19  May,  1893.    ^<^^  l>wr-  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L 

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332  History  of  the  Farming  Family 

lisite,  all  born  at  Hailing  If olhriv^  /.  /.; 
I.  BfTi-SRY  Jane  Vounc,  b.  5  May,  1S33 ;  m.  a  Liicc 
and  d.  at  Northville,  L.  I. 

II.  Lewis  Moxroe  Young,  b.  17  Nov.,  1836.     A 


III.  Oryander  Young,  b.  2  July,  1S43.    A 

farmer,  res.  at  Baiting  Hollow,  L.  I. 

IV.  LozELLE  Young,  b.  3  March,  iS4tS. 

452.  II.  HARRirr  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  24  March,  1S13  ;  m.  at 

Flanders,  14  Jan.,  1835,  Lewis  Hampton  Terry,  a  far- 
mer, b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  2  Jan.,  181  o.  He  d.  at 
Aquebogne,  23  Feb.,  1885.  She  d.  at  Aquebogue,  8 
March,  iSSi, 

Issitfy  all  born  at  Atjnebogue^  Z.  /..• 
I.  JoHx  Lkwis  Tkrky,  b.  12  Dec,  1835. 
11.  Marv  Mafcy  Tkruy,  b.  29  Jan.,  1839. 

III.  DoRLisSA  Maria  Terry,  b.  3  Jan.,  1S42. 

IV.  Catharine  Mehitable  Terry,  b.  20  Nov.,  1843. 

V.  PrrER  Fanning  Terry,  b.  3  July,  1848. 
VI.  Lii.UAN  Harriet  Terry,  b.  4  Dec,  185 1. 
vn.  Franklin  Hamki-on  Tkrry,  b.  4  Oct.,  1854. 

VIII.  Ell.\  Sophia  Terry,  b.  4  Sept.,  1856. 
IX.  Annie  E        Terry,  b.  10  Aug.,  1859. 

453.  in.  ELIZA^  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  5  May,  1815  ;  m.  at  Flan- 

ders about  25  Dec,  1839,  Lewis  Warner,  a  farmer  res. 

at  Baiting  Hollow,  L.  L,  where  he  d.  15  Feb.,  1877, 

a.  (^i  yrs.,  5  mos.,  13  ds. 

She  d.  at  Baiting  Hollow,  16  Jan.,  1879,  a.  63  yrs. 
I.  Melicent  Sophia  Warner,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I., 
19  Dec,  1840 ;  m.  at  Riverhead,  L.  I.,  19  Oct., 
1 86 1,  Philetus  Watson  Brown,  and  res.  at  James- 
port,  L.  L  Issue  living:  Ellsworth  Philetus 
Brown  and  Nellie  L.  Brown,  m.  to  Sherwood 
Emerson  Tuthill. 

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4S4.  nr.  So^HrA^  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  30  March,  1818 ;  m.  at 
New  Suflblk,  L.  L,  12  Oct,  1842,  Silas  Tuttle,  (Tut- 
hill)  b*  at  Speonk,  L.1^  ix  May,  1814,  a fiurmer,  and 
res.  at  West  Hampton,  L.  L 
L  Mabtka  Sophia  Tuttlb,  b.  at  Speonk,  L.  I.,  24 
Aug.,  1844 ;  m.  at  West  Hampton  Beach,  L.  L, 
5  Oct^  1866,  George  Benjamin  Edwards.  Res. 
Springs,  L.  L 
n.  Susan  Margrr  Ttrmji,  b.  at  Speonk,  L.  L,  28 
March,  1847 1  n^*  ^  ^egi  Hampton  Beach,  L. 
I^  5  Oct.,  x866,  Herbert  Fisher  Stephens. 
III.  Petbr  Fanning  TUttlb,  b.  at  Speonk,  L.  I.,  z 
Feb.,  185X  ;  m.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  I.,  z  Oct, 
1871,  Sarah  Matilda  Foster,  and  res.  at  V/est 
Hampton  Beach,  L.  I. 
nr.  EuzABfiTH  Ixu  TUitlb,  b.  at  Speonk,  L.  I.,  23 
Oct,  1854;  m.  at  West  Hampton,  L.  L,  29 
Dec.,  1879,  John  Mulford  Parsons,  and  res.  at 
West  Hampton  Beach,  L.  I. 
V.  Silas  Albrrtson  Tuttuc,  b.  at  Speonk,  L.  I.,  3 
Nov.,  1858 ;  onm.  and  res.  at  West  Hampton 
Beach,  L.  I. 
VL  Sasah  Kate  Tuttxjb,  b.  at  West  Hampton  Beach, 
L.  L,  28  July,  z86x ;   m.  at  West  Hampton 
Beach,  L.  L,  (  Oct,  1886,    Edward  Halsey 
Ludlow,  and  res.  at  West  Hampton  Beach, 
where  she  d;  19  Feb.,  1898. 
+4SS*  ^*  Psm  WBLLs^  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  2  April,  1820. 

Istme  iy  w^€  Mary: 
+456.  vt  Footer  Rob^  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  5  Oct,  1828. 

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334  History  oftlu  Fanming  Family 

ax3.  JAMSS^  FANNING*  b.  1 792,  (J^l^./mm^, 

JatBi$\  Tkama^^  Edmmnd^) 

m.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  I.,  ,  . 

Clariaaa  Foornier, 
daiL  of  John  and  Deborah  (Warner)  Foamier, 
and  b.  at  Red  Creek,  Suffolk  Co^  L.  L,  14  July,  1798. 

James  Fanning  was  bom  at  Flanders,  L.  I*,  is  Feb^ 
179a ;  was.a  carpenter,  and  resided  at  Good  Ground,  L. 
I^  where  he  d.  intestate,  16  July,  iMo. 
She  Good  Grouml,3  April,  1875.  Both  bar.  there. 
457.     I.  Ann  Foomim!,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  ss  Oct,  1819 ; 
d.  instsntiy  from  the  effects  of  a  ftll  from  a  tree  at 
.   Good  Ground,  L.  L,  11  Aug.,  1831. 
+458.    n.  Daniel  Warner\  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  4  Dec,  i88i. 

459.  m.  Ex»ifUND%  b.  at  Sterlings  L.  L,  si  Feb.,  i8a6 ;   d.  at 

Good  Ground,  L..L,  is  March,  i86i. 

460.  rr.  OLPrER\  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  L,  3  July,  1830;   was 

drowned  in  Shinnecock  Bay,  3  June^  185 1«' 

461.  T.  Ellxn\  b.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  I.,  19  Dec,  1833 ;  d. 

5  Oct,  1835. 
+46a.  n.  HAnLANPaaB%b.atGoodGnMmd,L.L,i90ct,z837. 

463.  TIL  CHAnLom  Ann^  b.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  L,  27  Dec, 

1841 ;  m.  William  Everett  PhOlips.    lies,  at  Good 

Ground,  whereshed.  S3  Feb.,1871.  Hed.Sept,i893. 


'  '      t  LauBA  KiDiB  PBnun^  b.  S7  April,  1863 ;  m. 

19  Dec,  i88a.  Burton  Daniel  Bigelow.   Res. 


n.  LoTTiB  Mary  Phillips,  b.  4  Sept,  18&4 ;  dec*d. 

m.  Edmund  Cakl  Phillips,  b.  s  Sept,  1866 ;  res. 

at  Good  Ground,  L.  I. 
FT.  Stanley  Dorsxy  Phillips,  b.  ;  dec*d. 

464.  vm.  Henry  Martin^  b.  at  Good  Ground,  L.  I.,  14  June, 

1844;  cL  8  Aug.,  1847. 

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214.  SAMUEL*  FANNING,  b.  1794,         {John\  James\ 
Jame^^  Thomas^^  Edmund^) 

m,  I  St,  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  9  Nov.,  18 16, 

Charlotte  Pournier, 
eldest  dau,  of  Barnabas  and  Mehitable  (Warner)  Foumier, 
and  b.  at  Red  Creek,  L.  I.,  16  Oct.,  1797. 

She  d.  at  Janiesport,  L.  I.,  [according  to  her  head- 
stone] "10  Feb.,  1839,  a.  39  yrs.,  3  nios.,  27  ds." 

He  m.  2d,  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  17  Sept.,  1840, 

Phoebe  Aldrich, 
dau.  of  Jason  and  Mary  (Shaw)  Aldrich, 
and  b.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  4  Oct.,  1802. 

Samuel  Fanning  was  bom  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  17  Feb., 
1794,  was  a  carpenter,  and  resided  at  Jamesport,  L.  L, 
but  afterwards  removed  to  New  Suffolk,  L.  I.  He  was  an 
active  Christian  man,  and  a  prominent  member  of  the 
Methodist-TZpiscopal  Church. 

His  wife  d.  at  New  Suffolk,  L.  I.,  23  Nov.,  1855,  a  53 
yrs.,  I  mo.,  19  ds.,  and  is  bur.  at  Janiesport,  L.  I. 

He  d.  at  New  Suffolk,  L.  I.,  28  March,  1861,  a.  67  yrs., 
I  mo.,  1 1  ds.,  and  is  bur.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I. 

His  win  is  recorded  at  Riverhead,  dated  27  Dec,  i860, 
proved  14  May,  1861,  and  mentions  son  Charles  W.  Fan- 
ning, to  whom  he  bequeathed  real  estate  in  New  Suffolk. 
Issue  hy  wife  Charlotte  : 
+465.    I.  S.vMUEL^  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  now  Jamesport,  in 

June,  x8i8. 
4-466.  n.  GiLDfERT  Denniston\  b.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  24  Feb., 
467.  III.  JosHUA^  b.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  24  Oct.,  1826 ;  d.  of 
consumption,  10  Sept.,  1849,  a.  22  yrs.,  1 1  mos.,  1 7  ds. 
+468.  IV.  Charles  Wesley',  b.atJamesport.L.  I.,  8  March,  1 829. 
469.   V.  Horace\  b.  at  Jamesport,  L.  I.,  24  July,  1835.    Was 
drowned  in  1879  or  iSSo,  sailing  from  ihc  South  to 
New  York,  and  body  never  recovered. 

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2x7.  ABRAHAM*  FANNING,  1>.  i8o«»,     {Jorin\Janirs\ 
James^^  Thomas^,  luimuntO) 

m.  at  Northville,  L,  L,  2  Oct.,  1824, 

Martha  Hallock  Luce, 
dau.  of  Benjamin  and  Prudence  (Hallock)  Luce, 
and  b.  at  Northville,  L.  I.,  4  Aug.,  1 799. 

Abraham  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Mary  (Aldrich) 
Fanning,  was  born  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  15  March,  iSoo. 
He  was  a  farmer,  and  resided  at  Northville,  L.  I.,  where 
he  died  intestate,  23  Sept.,  1850,  aged  50  yrs.,  6  mos. 
(g.  s.  reads  "49  yrs.,  6  mos/') 

Widow  d.  at  Northville,  L.  I.,  30  Dec,  1876,  a.  77  yrs., 
4  mos.,  26  ds.  (g.  s.)  Both  bur.  in  Aqucboguc  Cemetery. 
Issue  : 

470.  I.  Mary  Aldrich',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  i  Oct.,  1825  ; 

m.  7  Jan.,  1851,  David  Edwards  Dayton.  She  d. 
24  July,  1902.  Issue:  Martha  Jane  tte,  Mary,  Lil- 
lian, Elbertie  Harris,  Sarah  Benjamin  and  David 
Benjamin  Dayton. 

471.  ic.  EsiHER  ANN^  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  17  April,  1S30  ; 

d.  17  Julie,  1830,  a.  2  mos. 

472.  ni.  Sarah  Maria^,  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  L,  4  July,  1831 ;  d. 

22  March,  1832,  a.  8  mos.,  18  ds. 

473.  IV.  Fr/VNCES  Martha',  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  in  July,  1833  ; 

d.  2  Aug.,  1833,  a.  3  weeks. 

474.  v.  Alfred  Hoadley',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I.,  15  Dec, 

1834 ;  d.  unm.,  23  Aug.,  1854,  a.  19  yrs.,  8  mos.,  8 

ds.  (g.  s.)     Bur,  Aquebogue,  L.  I, 
+475.    VI.  Edgar  Benjamin^  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I,,  19  April, 

+476.  VH.  Elbert  Alonzo',  b.  at  Northville,  L.  I.,  14  Jan.,  1840. 
477.  VIII.  Isaac  Harris  GoLDSM^^H^  b.  at  Northville,  L.  I.,  28 

Sept.,  1842  ;  d.  unm,  at  Lovelock,  Butte  Co.,  Cal., 

28  Dec,  1 88 1,  a.  39  yrs.    Bur.  Aquebogue,  L.  I. 

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218.  JACOB*  FANNING,  b.  1S03,  (John'^James^ 

James^f  Thomas^,  Juimtsfn/^) 

m.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  5  April,  1827, 

Abigail  Terry'  Fanning, 
dau.  of  Nathaniel*  and  Abigail  (Terry)  Fanning  (No.  200), 
and  b.  at  Flanders,  L.  I.,  8  April,  1805. 

Jacob  Fanning  was  a  carpenter  and  builder,  and  fanner, 
and  resided  at  East  Quogue,  Suffolk  Co.,  L.  I.,  where  he 
d.  intestate  10  Sept.,  1868. 

Widow  d.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  one  week  later,  17 
Sept.,  x868.     Both  bur.  at  East  Quogue. 

478.  I.  Abigail^  b.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  22  March,  1828 ;  d. 

2  April,  1828. 

479.  II.  RosENA  Adigail',  b.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  31  March, 

1829;  m.  at  Roslyn,  L.  I.,  9  Jan.,  1S60,  William 
Culver,  b.  at  Southampton,  L.  I.,  26  July,  1834,  was 
a  seaman  and  later  a  farmer.  Res.  East  Quogue, 
L.  I.,  where  she  d.  9  May,  1863,  without  issue.  He 
m.  2d,  14  March,  1865,  Esther  Ann  Mott,  and  res. 
at  East  Quogue.    Issue  three  sons. 

480.  III.  Mary  Anne^,  b.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  26  May,  1832  ; 

m.  at  East  Quogue,  20  April,  1853,  Josiah  Foster,  b. 
at  East  Quogue,  25  March,  1827.  He  followed  the 
water  and  was  captain  of  a  whaling  vessel ;  aftenvards 
removed  to  Bridgehampton,  L.  I.,  and  followed  farm- 
ing, where  he  d.  13  Dec,  1S79. 

I.  Alice  Mary  Foster,  b.  10  March,  1854 ;  m.  16 

Oct.,  1876,  Alfred  Pierson  Rogers.    Res.  at 
Bridgehampton,  L.  I.     Issue  four  ch. 

II.  Martin  Jefferson  Foster,  b.  14  Dec,  1S57; 
.  d.  28  Aug.,  1881,  unm. 


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338  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

III.  Clifford  Josiah  Foster,  b.  30  April,  1859  ;  ni. 

23  May,  1889,  Louise  Halsey  Topping.  Res. 
at  Bridgeliampton,  L.  I.    Issue  two  ch. 

IV.  Flora  Roskna  Foster,  b.  30  Nov.,  1864 ;    m. 

16  Oct.,  1883,  Addison  Gardner  Topping.  Kcs. 
Uridgeliampton,  L.  I.     Issue  three  ch. 

V.  Wiu.iAM  Henry  Fostkr,  b.  1  April,  1S69;    ^• 

7  Aug.,  1869. 
4S1.    IV.  CuARLOTiE  Melissa^,  b.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  18 
Oct.,  1836  ;  m.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  3  Nov.,  1855, 
Stephen  Aumack.  He  was  a  house-builder,  and  res. 
at  East  Quogue  and  Port  Jeflerson,  L.  I.     He  d.  at 
Port  Jefferson,  27  May,  1896,  and  left  issue  : 
I.  Jacob  Fletcher  Aumack,  b.  3  Aug.,  1S57  ;  m. 
23  Aug.,  1879,  Emma  Ivens.    Issue  three  ch. 
+4S2.     V.  Wesley',  b.  at  .'3ast .Quogue,  L.  I.,  8  March,  1S39. 
4S3.    VL  E.MILY  Jane',  b.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  18  Dec,  i8.ji  ; 
m.  ist,  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  9  Dec,  1858,  Lewis 
Woodhull  Terry,  s.  of  Joseph  and  Rachel  Terry.  Res. 
Port  Jefferson,  where  he  d.  25  June,  1869.    Widow 
m.  2d,  at  Port  Jefferson,  2  April,  18S2,  Azel  Wells, 
a  ship-joiner  of  Bridgeport,  Conn.,  where  they  res. 
He  d.  14  March,  1896.  Widow  m.  3d,  at  Bridgeport, 
3  .^pril,  1898,  John  Williams  of  Watcrbury,  Conn.,  b. 
in  Wales,  15  June,  1838.     Res.  Bridgeport. 
Issut  by  first  marriage : 
u  Allen  Woouhull  Terry,  b.  12  Sept.,  1859 ;  m. 
at  Southampton,  L.  I.,  25  Nov.,  1882,  Annie 
Woodburn.  Issue  :  Orange  Fanning  Terry,  b. 
20  Oct.,  1883.    Res.  i:ridgeport.  Conn, 
n.  Burton  Irvlmg  Terry,  b.  25  June,  1S67 ;  d.  5 
July,  1868. 
+484.  viL  Oraxce  Terry\  b.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  9  Oct.,  1844. 
485.  viiL  Edward  Martix".  b.  at  East  Quogue,  L.  I.,  i  Aug., 
1851;  d.  24  Oct.,  1851. 

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321.  DAVID*  FANNING,  b.  1778, 
Jame^t  Thomas\  Edmund^) 
m.  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

David  Fanning,  son  of  David  and  Jane  (Smith)  Fan- 
ning, was  born  at  Sterling  (now  Grecnport),  L.  I.,  9 
Feb.,  1778,  and  was  baptized  In  the  Presbyterian  Church, 
Southold,  7  July,  1 782. 

There  appears  little  record  of  David  Fanning  in  Suf- 
folk Co.,  L.  I.,  and  he  probably  removed  to  some  other 
locality  and  settled.  Some  members  of  the  family  state 
that  he  lived  in  Rome,  N.  Y.,  at  one  time,  and  had  a 
daughter  Charlotte  who  married  a  Dunn,  but  confirma- 
tion of  this,  as  well  as  any  further  record  is  wanting. 
486. 1.  Catharine^  b.  at  ;  m.  at 

Robert  Cone,  and  res.  in  New  York 
City.  (She  was  cousin  of  Susannah  A.,  dau.  of  Sam- 
uel Fanning,  No.  224.)* 

*  Vide  Records  in  Surrogate's  Oflice,  New  York  City,  Letters  of  Adminis- 
tration, Liber  48,  p.  457: — "25  May,  1849— Robert  Cone,  husband  of  Cath- 
arine Cone  of  the  City  of  New  York,  a  cousin  of  Susan  Fanning,  who  died 
intestate,  was  appointed  administrator  of  the  Estate  of  said  Susan  Fanning, 
Dressmaker,  in  right  of  his  said  wife,  Catharine  Cone,  by  Alexander  Brad- 
ford, Surrogate."  If  Catharine  Cone  was  "cousin  of  Susan  Fanning,"  as  the 
foregoing  record  states,  she  must  therefore  necessarily  have  been  a  daughter 
of  David  Fanning,  No.  221. 

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224.  SAMUEL*  FANNING,  h.  17M3, 

Thomas^ ^Jamc^^  'rhomas*'^  Eifinund^) 
m.  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 



Samuel  Fanning,  son  of  David  and  Jane  (Smilh)  Fan- 
ning, was  born  at  Sicrling,  now  Grcenport,  L.  1.,  10  April, 


He  settled  in  New  York  before  1809,  was  a  grocer,  and 
had  his  farm  at  "  Outlands,"  Suffolk  Co.,  L.  I.,  at  or  near 
Sterling.     His  name  is  in  the  N.  Y.  Directory  of  1S09. 
He  d.  at  New  York  City,  27  Jan.,  1820,  a.  ^Z  yrs. 
Widow  d.  at  New  York  City,  21  June,  1845,  a.  74  yrs. 
Both  bur.  in  the  Presbyterian  Cemetery,  Rutgers  street. 
His  will,  dated  9  Dec.,  1819,  proved  28  Feb.,  1820, 
recorded  in  the  Surrogate's  Office,  New  York  City,  Liber 
55,  mentions  his  wife,  Mary  Fanning,  his  two  daus.,  Jane 
Mariah  Fanning  and  Susannah  Amelia  Fanning.    He  ap- 
pointed his  wife  Mary,  John  Bremner  and  liradley  S. 
Wiggins,  Jr.,  his  executors. 
487.  I.  Jaxe  Maria*,  b.  at  ,  ,  x8o8 ;  d.  at 

New  York  City,  26  April,  1827,  a.  19  yrs.,  unm.  Bur. 
Presbyterian  Cemetery,  Rutgers  street. 
488. 11.  SusAXMAH  Ameua\  b.  at  ,  ,  18x3. 

She  never  m.  She  d.  intestate  in  New  York  City, 
Sunday,  4  Feb.,  1849,  in  her  37th  year.  Funeral 
services  were  held  at  ^^  loth  street,  New  York,  (N. 
Y.  Tribune  of  Tuesday,  Feb.  6,  1849.)  Robert  Cone 
of  New  York  was  appointed  administrator  on  Estate 
of  Susan  Fanning,  Dressmaker,  in  right  of  his  wife, 
Catherine  Cone,  25  May,  1849.  (Vide  note  under 
David  Fanning,  No.  221.) 

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228.  JOHN  COFFIN*  FANNING,  b.  1778,     (JViinra:^, 
J^hifuas^^Jame^^  Thomas*,  Kdmund^) 

m.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  Sunday,  22  Sept.,  1S02, 
by  the  Rev.  Mr.  Curacy, 

Nancy  Coffin, 
dau.  of  Capt.  Thaddeus  and  Nancy  (  )  Coffin, 

and  b.  on  the  Island  of  Nantucket,  7  Oct.,  17S4  (Nan- 
tucket Records). 

John  Coffin  Fanning,  son  of  Phineas  and  Keziah  (Cof- 
fin) Fanning,  and  grandson  of  Col.  Phineas  Fanning  of 
Long  Island,  was  born  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  28  May, 

When  a  young  man  he  served  an  apprenticeship  at 
blacksmithing  with  Paul  Hussey,  but  on  coming  of  age 
he  preferred  a  seafaring  life,  and  followed  the  sea  in  com- 
mand for.  several  years. 

He  d.  at  the  house  of  his  brother  William  Fanning  (No. 
229)  in  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  9  Sept.,  1819.  His  burial  place 
lias  not  been  learned.* 

Widow  d.  at  (Nantucket,  Mass.,  supposedly)  26  Sept, 
1862.     (Nantucket  Records). 
489. 1.  ADEUNE^  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  Tuesday,  1 1  June, 

1805.    She  never  m.    Res.  at  Nantucket,  where  she 

d.  x6  Oct.,  1877  (Nantucket  Records). 

*The  above  record  of  John  Co(Rn  Fanning  is  to  a  great  extent  taken  from 
the  John  Coflin  Wood  Manuscript.  This  is  a  ^'Genealogical  Narrative/'  as 
it  is  called,  "of  the  Woods,  Fannings  and  CofTms,  by  the  late  John  ColTin 
Wood,  Esq.,"  and  was  compiled  about  the  year  1869, 

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229.  WILLI AM«  FANNING,  b.  1780,  {Phuiea^, 

Phinea^^Jamej^^  Thomas^ ^  Edmund^) 

in.  at  New  York  City  in  March,  1803, 

Nancy  Rogers  Simmons, 
dau.  of  Chapman  and  Elizabeth  (Forsyth)  Simmons, 
and  b.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  (26  Nov.,  1789?). 

William  Planning  was  born  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  25 
April,  1 7S0.  He  was  a  rope  manufacturer.  He  served 
an  apprenticeship  at  Nantucket  when  a  young  man  with 
William  Coffin  ("Bill,  the  Roper").  When  of  age  he 
settled  in  New  York,  where  he  was  successful  in  business 
and  amassed  quite  a  competence.  His  name  appears  in 
the  New  York  Directory  of  181 1  as  "William  Fanning, 
Ropemaker,  Sands  street,  Brooklyn,"  and  also  in  a  num- 
ber of  later  directories,  "190  Laurens  street,"  New  York. 

His  wife  d.  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.  Y.,  12  Sept.,  1861,  and 
was  bur.  at  Poughkeepsie. 

He  d.  at  Hempstead,  N.  Y-,  29  Sept.,  186 1.  He  was 
bur.  in  one  of  tiie  cemeteries  in  the  upper  part  of  New 
York  City,  near  Harlem. 

Issue : 

490.  I.  John  Coffin",  b.  at  New  York  City,  12  Jan.,  1804.  He 

graduated  at  Princeton,  1820,  studied  medicine,  and 
became  a  physician,  and  res.  at  Brooklyn,  where  he 
d.,  unm.,  9  March,  1846,  at  the  head  of  his  profession. 
Bur.  in  Greenwood  Cemetery,  Brooklyn,  where  a 
monument  has  been  erected  to  his  memory  by  his 

491.  II.  Eliza  Ann',  b.  at  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  4  Oct.,  1805  ;  m.  at 

Brooklyn  in  1824,  William  Schenck,  a  merchant  of 
that  city.  He  was  b.  at  Canarsie,  L.  I.,  20  Aug.,  1 797. 
He  d.  at  Brooklyn,  16  March,  1832.  Widow  d.  at 
Brooklyn,  21  Dec,  1884.  Both  bur.  in  Greenwood 

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Issue^  bom  at  Brooklyn^  N.  Y.: 
I.  Adbunk  Fannino  Schbnck,  b.  95  Jan.,  1895 ; 
m.  4  Oct,  1 855,  Loac  W.  R.  Bromley,  at  his 
second  wife.  He  was  a  lawyer,  b.  5  July,  1806, 
and  res.  in  Brookljm,  where  he  d.  in  1899. 
Issue :  John  Schenck,  d.  in  infancy ;  Frances 
Pearaidl  and  Edward  PearsaU  Bromley.  Widow 
res.  105  Second  Place,  Brooklyn, 
n.  Aletta  Jane  Schenck,  b.  in  1827 ;  1855, 
Dr.  John  Reed  Cooper,  a  physician  of  Pongfa- 
keepsie,  N.  Y.,  b.  there  35  Jan.,  i8s8.  Res.  at 
Poughkeepsie,  where  he  d.  in  1891.  Bur.  in 
Greenwood  Cemetery,  Brooklyn.  Issue :  one 
son,  William  Schenck  Cooper,  res.  149  Pier- 
pont  street,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 
m.  Nicholas  William  Schenck,  b.  8  Jan.,  1830 ; 
m.  ist,  at  Wilmington,  N.  C,  3  Nov.,  1858, 
Mary  Elixa  Morris,  dan.  of  Richard  and  Joan- 
na (Yonge)  Morris,  b.  at  Wilmington,  s8  July, 
1837.  She  d.  29  Feb.,  1876.  He  m.  sd,  4 
Oct,  189a,  Annie  Elxey  Holmes,  dau.  of 
Owen  Davis  and  Ann  Moore  (Hill)  Holmes. 
She  d.  x8  Feb.,  1901.    No  issue. 

Nicholas  W.  Schenck  was  brought  up  and 
educated  at  Wilmington,  N.  C,  by  his  great 
'  unde,  Phinehas  Wines  Fanning  (No.  235), and 
res.  with  him  until  1855.  Was  in  the  Confed- 
erate  Army  1861  to  1865,  Capt  and  A.  C.  S. 
at  Wilmington.  He  removed  North  after  the 
War  and  res.  in  Brooklyn  many  years,  doing 
business  in  New  York.  In  1896  he  returned 
to  the  South.  Issue  by  ist  wife :  Mary  Cooper, 
Eliza  Fanning,  Richard  M.,  d.  in  infcy,  Ada 
Bromley,  Josephine  E.,  Margaret  Standish, 
William  C.  and  James  Schenck,  d.  in  infcy. 

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49s.   m.  Amn  ELIZ4^  b.  at  BrooUjo,  N.  Y^  15  Jul,  1S08;; 
m.  at  New  York  Citjr,  ,        ,  Chaiki  Cable ' 

of  Poiighkeqitiey  N.  Y.  He  was  a  meidiaat,  audi 
res.  at  Poogbkeepsie  until  1858,  wben  be  removed . 
to  New  York  City.    He  d.  at  BrooUyn, 

.  Sbe  d.  at  Brooklyn,  13  Aug.,  1898,  a.  90 
yis.  Bur. at  Greenwood  Ceneteiy.  Issoe:  Fan*; 
ningf  m.  dan.  of  Mflton  Reeves,  lived  and  d.  at  Wit  ^ 
liamsbuig,  L.  I.,  and  bad  issue  one  dan.;  Maiy, 
decVd ;  Julia,  dec Vd ;  Adeline  and  Caralme  CaUe, 
the  kst  two  unm.  and  residing  at  Brooklyn.  No 
record  is  obtainable  fiom  tin  fiunfly. 

+493*    IV.  WnxiAM  AtlGDsnlS^  b.  at  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  si  liardi, ' 
494*    ▼•  Kku  ComN^  b.  at  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  9  April,  1813 ; 

d.  in  infimcy. 
495*    VI.  Cabouhb  Oainf  ,  b.  at  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  9  Feb.,  1816 ; ". 
nu  at  Hoboken,  N.  J.,  18  May,  1856,  Anton  Mets,  t 
b.  at  Ratisbon,  Bavaria,  15  Eke,  i8ss,  and  res.  in 
New  Yoric  He  is  in  marine  insmance  business.  She 
lostanann  wlienalittlegttiathcrgnndftthcrShn* . 
mons*,  and  her  fiitber  educated  her  te  a  teacher, 
which  vocation  she  followed  till  her  mairiage.   She 
d.  in  New  YoriL  City,  5  July,  1888.    Bur.inWood-i 
lawn  Cemetery.    No  issue. 

+49C  viL  IteMAS  Chavmaii',  b.  at  Btoooklyi^  N.  Y.,  19  Dec,  i' 
497* vm.  EDifUiiD% b.  at  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  14  Jan.,  18S3;  d» 

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233.  EDMUND*  FANNING.  Ii.  1790.  {Phhea^, 

ro.  at 

Hester  Lewis, 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Edmund  Fanning,  son  of  Phineas  and  Keziah  (Coffin) 
Fanning,  and  grandson  of  Col.  Phineas  Fanning  of  Long 
Island,  was  born  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  3  Dec,  1 790. 

He  removed  to  and  located  in  New  York  City,  and 
resided  on  Pump  street,  where  he  died  of  small-pox,  x  i 
Feb.,  1824,  aged  33  years,  %  months,  8  days.* 

He  w*as  buried  in  the  Methodist  Cemetery  on  Allen 

Widow  d.  at  Nantucket  (probably),  24  Dec,  1882. 
(Nantucket  Records)  .f 


498.  1.  Caroline',  b.  at  New  York,  N.  Y.,  i  April,  1819 ;  d. 

at  New  York,  11  March,  1824,  a.  4  yrs.,  11  mos.,  10 
ds.,  and  was  bur.  in  the  Methodist  Cemetery,  that 

499.  II.  Cecilia^  b.  at  ;  d.  unm« 

500.  III.  Ann  Frances^  b,  at  ;  d.  unm. 

*  His  name  does  not  appear  in  the  New  York  Gty  Directory. 

tThe  John  Cotrin  Wood  Ms.  states  that  the  widow  married  John  Thomas. 


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234.  ROBERT  BARCLAY*  FANNING,  b.  1793,  (^W«- 
tfaj*,  Phineas*,  James^,  Thonta^^  Edmund^) 
m.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  Thursday, 
II  May,  1815  by  the  Rev.  Mr.  Lindsay, 

Phebe  Coleman  Swain, 
dau.  of  Capt.  David  and  (  )  Swain, 

and  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  22  Aug.,  1799. 

Robert  Barclay  Fanning,  son  of  Phincas  and  Kcziah 
(CofTm)  Fanning,  was  bom  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  10  Feb., 

He  early  removed  to  Poughkeepsie,  N.Y.,  and  settled, 

and  followed  his  occupation,  that  of  a  contractor.    He  was 

a  mason  by  trade. 
He  died  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.Y.,  18  Nov.,  1840.* 
Widow  died  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.Y.,  11  Feb.,  1S69. 
Issue  : 

501.  I.  David  Swain',  b.  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.Y., 

d.  in  infancy. 

502.  II.  Kezia  Coffin^,  b.  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.Y.,  26  Oct. 

1819;  m.  at  Poughkeepsie,  23  July,  1837,  William 
Augustus  Fanning  (No.  493),  a  cousin,  b.  21  March, 
1 8 10,  son  of  William  and  Nancy  (Simmons)  Fan- 
ning.   (Sec  data  under  No.  493.) 

503.  III.  Walter',  b.  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.Y., 

d.  in  infancy. 

504.  IV.  Rebecca  Munroe',  b.  at  Poughkeepsie,  N.Y.,  22  Nov., 

1838;  m.  at  Poughkeepsie,  9  May,  1866,  Henry  Tit- 
tamer  of  that  city,  b.  14  February,  1834. 
She  Poughkeepsie,  30  March,  1879.  No  issue. 
[Robert  B.  Fanning  had  other  children  who  died  in 
infancy,  but  their  record  is  not  obtainable.] 

*  H'j  cl.  from  cfTccts  of  a  fall  from  a  ladder  while  placing  a  transparency 
on  a  Log  Cabin  in  Konor  of  cU  clioa  of  William  Ilcnry  Harrison,  as  Prtsl- 
dcnt  of  the  C.S. 

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235.  PHINEHAS  WINES'  PANNING,  b.,1799,  (P/nVi- 
taf,  Phineas\  Jame^,  Thoma^,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Lake  Waccamaw,  N.C.,  30  Apr.,  1874, 

Mrs.  Emily  Jane  Way  Moore, 
dau.  of  Edmiinri  Randolph  and  Clarissa  (Phelps)  Way, 
and  b.  at  Hebron,  Conn.,  23  Feb.,  1833. 
She  was  widow  of  Maurice  Alexander  Moore. 

Phinchas  Wines  Fanning,  son  of  Phineas  and  Keziah 
(Coflin)  Fanning,  was  bom  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  xo  May, 

As  a  jTOuth  he  was  employed  in  the  counting  room  of  his 
brother  Thomas,  who  owned  a  Packet  Line  between  New 
York  and  Charleston,  S.C.  In  1820  removed  to  Wilming- 
ton, N.C.,  where  he  resided  the  rest  of  his  life.  Was  on 
the  Editorial  Department  of  a  newspaper,  and  also  entered 
into  the  painting  business,  in  which  he  was  successfuL 

He  held  many  public  offices  of  trust  in  AK^lmington; 
was  magistrate,  chairman  of  County  Court,  member  of 
City  Government,  Chief  of  Fire  Department,  etc.  Was 
Chairman  of  Relief  Committee  from  z86z  to  1865. 

He  attained  high  rank  in  the  Masonic  Order,  being 
Past  Grand  Master,  Grand  High  Priest,  etc. 

It  has  been  said  no  other  man  in  the  history  of  Wit* 
mington  had  done  more  for  the  prosperity  and  ad\'ance- 
ment  of  the  dty  than  he. 

He  d.  at  Wilmington,  N.C.,  10  Aug.,  x88o.  Buried 
in  Masonic  plot,  Oakdale  Cemetery. 

His  widow  d.  14  Feb.,  1895.  Buried  at  Masonboro, 
N.C.    No  issue. 

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238,  BARCLAY  P  •  FANNING,  l».  1785,  (Naltmih 

tel\  PhUuas\  Jame^,  Thomai,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  in  1818, 

Eliza  McCracken, 
dau.  of  James  and  Elizabeth  (Leroy)  McCracken, 
and  b.  at  New  York  in  1803. 

Barclay  P.  Fanning  was  bom  at  Aquebogue,  L.  I., 
13  April,  1785,  was  a  grocer,  and  res.  in  New  York  City. 
He  was  in  the  war  of  18x2,  and  did  fort  duty  near 
New  York  City.  He  served  as  private  in  Capt.  Sea- 
man's Company,  4xst  U.S.  Infantry,  from  2  Feb.,  1814, 
to  15  May,  181 5.  In  his  latter  years  he  returned  to 
Long  Island  to  live  and  died  at  Aquebogue  in  i860. 

In  1878  his  widow  was  allowed  pension  by  the  Govern- 
ment for  service  of  her  husband.    She  died  at  Brooklyn 
in  1880.    Both  buried  at  Aquebogue,  L.I. 
+505.     L  James  Nathaniel',  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  26  Jan., 

506.  n.  Thomas',  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  d.  in  infancy. 

507.  m.  Barclay  Garrison',  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.  ; 

d.  at  FrankKnville,  L.I.,  a.  6  yrs. 
50S.   IV.  Lydia  Ann',  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  in  Oct.,  1829;  m. 

in  Nov.,  1852,  David  Porter  Sherry.   He  is  deceased. 
She  is  a  school  teacher,  res.  Brooklyn. 
509.    v.  Joanna  Reeves',  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  6  April, 

1831;  m.  ist,  in  July,  1851,  Robert  Dickson.    Res. 

New  York  City  and  Philadelphia,  where  he  d. 

Issue  Henry  Lawrence  and  Clara  Virginia  Dickson, 

both  deceased.     Widow  m.  2nd,  at  New  York, 

John  Androuvette  Mance,  and  d.  in  Dec,  189 1. 

He  res.  Greenport,  L.L    No  issue. 
Sio.   VL  Barclay',  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  in  Feb.,  1834;  d. 

32  Aug.,  1836,  a.  2  yrs.,  6  mos. 

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240.  DANIEL  WELLS*  PANNING,  b.  1788,  (Naihan- 
iel^f  Phineas^t  Jame^^  IVwma^^  Edint$nd*) 
m.  istat 

Prances  WoodhuUt 
dau.  of  Josiah  and  Betsey  (Conldin?)  Woodhull, 
and  b.  at  Franklinville,  L.L,  4  Dec,  1796. 

Descendants,  state  she  d.  17  Nov.,  1844;  headstone  at 
Jamesport  reads,  '^died  25  Nov.,  1843,  ^-  S^-" 
He  m«,  ad,  at  Mattituck,  L.  L,  in  May,  1854, 

Elizabeth  Brown, 
dau.  of  Samuel  and  Harmony  (Tuthill)  Brown, 
and  b.  at  Cutchogue,  L.L,  9  Sept.,  1799. 

Daniel  Wells  Fanning  was  bom  at  Aquebogue,  L.I., 
4  Jan.,  1788.    Was  a  farmer,  and  resided  at  Jamesport, 
L.L,  where  he  died  4  March,  1864.    Said  to  have  been 
in  War  of  x8x3.    Widow  d.  at  Jamesport,  z  Dec.,  1884. 
+5ZZ.       L  Phzneas',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.L,  Z4  Mar.,  z8z8. 
5X9.      zi.  WiLLZAi^,  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.L,  zSao;  d.  }'oung. 
5Z3.     zzL  Annze  Ezjzabeth',  b.  at  Aquebogue,  L.L,  zj  Sept., 
z8a3: m.  Daniel Buell Hallock.    She d.  Dec.,  z8sz. 
(See  No.  sz8.) 
+5x4.     zv.  Danzel  Wezxs^,  b.  at  Franklinville,  L.I.,  zx  Aug., 
5x5.      V.  Phsbs  Woodhull',  b.  at  Mattituck,  L.L,  6  Feb., 
x8a7;  m.  Selden  Simons.    No  record  obtainable. 
5x6.     vx.  Nathanxel^  b.  at  Mattituck,  LL,  xx  Feb.,  X829; 

d.  at  Yaphank,  L.I.,  x6  Jan.,  X8S9,  unm. 
5x7.    viL  WxLLZAK  Henry',  b.  at  SouthoU,  LL,  7  Apr., 

X83Z;  d.  at  Jamesport,  L.L,  Aug.,  X855,  unm. 
5x8.  vxxL  Feances  Maria',  b.  at  Southoki,  LL,  16  Sept., 
X833;  m.  at  Brooklyn,  abt.  zSs^  Daniel  Buell  Hal- 
lock.    Res.  Brooklyn,  where  he  d.  in  i888.    Wid. 
d.  Brooklyn,  aa  Jan.,  1903.    Issue,  8  ch. 
+5x9.     XX.  James  Barclay',  b.  at  Mattituck,  LL,  6  Feb.,  X836. 

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a4Z.  SOLOMON*  PANNING,  b.  1790,  (Naihaniefi,  PMn- 
eas\  Jame^y  Thomas?,  Edmu9id^) 

m.  ist,  at  New  York  City,  N.Y., 

Jenisha  L         Merrill, 
daiu  of 
and  b.  at 
She  d.  at 
He  m.  3d,  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 
She  lived  only  a  few  weeks  after  marriage* 
He  m.  3d,  at 

Mrs.  Mary  Baker, 
dau.  of 

and  b.  at  Philadelphia,  Pa«,  14  May,  i8ox. 
and  wid.  of 

Solomon  Fanning,  son  of  Nathaniel  and  Anna  (Wells) 
Fanning,  was  bom  at  Aquebogue,  L.L,  12  April,  1790. 

He  cariy  removed  to  New  York  City,  where  he  located, 
and  followed  his  occupation,  that  of  a  cabmet  maker 
and  furniture  dealer.  His  name  appears  in  the  New 
York  "  Directory  *'  from  1820  to  1864-65. 

She  died  at  New  York  City,  4  May,  1849,  aged  48 
years,  11  months,  ai  days  (N.Y.  "Observer"  of  May  12, 
1849).  Her  funeral  services  were  held  at  her  residence, 
54  Henry  St.,  N.Y.  Invited  friends  of  H.  and  C.  A. 
McLane  to  the  funeral.  Body  was  removed  from  dty 
for  burial. 

He  died  intestate  at  New  York  City  in  1864,  and  his 
son,  Charles  Fanning,  was  appointed  administrator  of  his 
father's  estate,  5  Jan.,  1865. 

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Issxit  by  wife  Jenislia.: 

+520.     I.  Charles^,  b.  at 
531.    ji.  G£ORC£^  b.  at 

He  never  m.  Was  a  cabinet  maker,  and  res.  in 
New  York  City.  His  name  appears  in  the  New 
York  City  "Directory"  from  1848  to  1852, but  not 
later,  and  he  d.  probably  about  the  latter  year. 

522.  III.  Henry  T  ^  b  at  New  York,  N.Y. 

He  never  m.,  and  it  is  said  d.  early  in  life.  Was  a 
cabinet  maker,  and  res.  in  New  York  City.  His 
name  disappears  from  the  city  "Directory"  in 

523.  IV.  Caroline^,  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.  ;  m.  at 

New  York,  Francis  T.  Birchard,  but  d. 

without  issue. 

524.  V.  Harriht^  b.  at  New  York,  N.Y.  ;  m.  at 

New  York,  Francis  T.  Birchard,  widower 

of  her  deceased  sister. 

They  removed  to  Milwaukee,  Wis.,  soon  after 
m.    It  b  said  had  issue  4  ch. 

525.  VI.  ^\nn  Augusta^  b  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  22  July,  1830; 

d.  there  "25  Apr.,  1845,  *•  'S  X"-!  9  ^^-f  3  ds." 
(N.Y.  "Journal  of  Commerce,"  Apr.  26,  1845). 
Funeral  at  36  Market  St.  Body  removed  from 
city  for  burial. 

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246.  EDMUND'*  FANNING,  b.  J7S5.  {i\arihiy>,  ritineus^ 
Ja^ne^^  Thoim^,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  23  March,  z8o8. 

Abigail  Giles, 
called  "Nabby,"  dau.  of  Reuben  and  Lydia  (Baxter) 
Giles,  and  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  29  March,  1786. 
Nabby  Giles,  mother  was  a  Quakeress,  and  the  first 
storekeeper  in  Nantucket. 

Capt.  Edmund  Fanning,  son  of  Captain  Barclay  and 
Caroline  (Orne)  Fanning,  was  bom  on  the  Island  of  Nan-    , 
tucket,  17  July,  1785. 

He  led  a  seafaring  life,  commanding  a  merchant  ves- 
sel engaged  in  trade  with  the  West  Indies  and  South 
America.    He  was  a  great  favorite  with  his  grand  uncle. 
Gov.  Edmund  Fanning,  of  Prince  Edward  Island,  whom 
he  often  visited.    Tne  Governor  promised  him  that  in    j 
the  event  of  having  a  son,  .and  naming  the  child  after    j 
himself  and  his  son  Frederick  Augustus,  he  would    re-    1 
member  the  child  in  his  will. 

Captain  Fanning,  consequently,  named  his  first  born 
son  Edmund  Frederick  Augustus,  who  upon  the  death 
of  the  Governor  became  heir,  by  the  latter's  will,  to  a 
large  legacy. 

This  afterward  gave  rise,  however,  to  a  suit  at  law 
between  the  daughters  of  Governor  Fanning  and  Capt. 
Edmund  Fanning,  which  lasted  many  years.  (Sec  sketch 
of  Gen.  Edmund  Fanning  [No.  46],  in  biographical  part.) 

During  one  of  his  many  voyages  to  South  America, 
Captain  Fanning  died  suddenly  at  Coquimbo,  Chile,  on 
board  ship,  24  Dec,  1822,  and  was  buried  there. 

After  his  death  his  widow  kept  a  sh**!!  and  curio  store 
at  Nantucket  many  years,  with  her  widowed  sister,  Polly 
Burnell.  They  were  conchologists,  and  supplied  colleges 
and  others  with  shells  and  curios. 

Widow  died  at  Nantucket,  8  March,  1867;  buried  there. 

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+526.     1.  Edaixwd  Frederick  Augustus^  b.  at  Nantucket, 

Mass.,  28  Dec.,  x8o8 .♦ 
+527-    n.  Barclay^  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  28  Sept.,  1814. 
528.  m.  Louisa  Augusta',  b.  at  Nantucket,  Mass.,  27  March, 
18x9  ;  m.  at  Nantucket,  Charles 

Russell  Gary,  b.  there  5  March,  rSoo,  son  of  Edward 
and  Abigail  (Russell)  Gary  of  Gharlestown,  Mass. 
Gaptain  Gary  was  in  the  South  Sea  scaling  busi- 
ness, and  res.  at  Nantucket,  where  he  d.  of  con- 
sumption, 19  July,  1862. 

Issue^  all  horn  at  Natituckcl : 
I.  Lydia  Giles  Gary,  b.  21  Dec.,  1840,  m. 

Isaac  Lowenbach,  and  res.  near  Boston. 

II.  Guarles  E.  Gary,  b.  19  Sept.,  iS42,d.  young. 

HI.  Abby  L.  Gary,  b.  8  Aug.,  1847;  m.  Augustus 

Welcomb,  and  res.  at  Nantucket.    He  is 

deceased.    Issue,  4  ch.,  of  whom  one  dau., 

Grace,  survives. 

IV.  Edward  Russell  Gary,  b.  24  March,  1849, 

V.  Mary  Eliza  Gary,  b.  28  March,  1850;  m. 
Thomas  B.  Field. 

*  This  record  of  his  birth  is  from  the  Family  Bible.  The  Nantucket 
Records  read  he  was  **  born  28  Dec.,  1809."  In  the  contention  of  General 
Edmund  Fanning*s  Will  in  the  years  1844  //  //^.,  this  matter  of  the  correct 
date  of  his  birth  played  an  important  part  in  the  proceedings. 


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NING,   b.  1788,  {Barclay^  Phineas\  Jatnes^  Thomas', 
m.  at 


dau.  of 
and  b.  at 
She  died  soon  after  marriage. 

Col.  Alexander  Campbell  Wilder  Fanning  was  born  at 
Boston,  Mass.,  in  17S8,  where  he  learned  the  Inule  of 
a  bpidary  and  optician. 

At  the  age  of  nineteen  years,  while  mustering  on 
Boston  Common,  4  Oct.,  1808,  doing  military  duty  as 
private  in  Capt.  Thomas  Dean's  Company  of  Infantry, 
Legionary  Brigade,  ist  Division,  he  lost  an  arm  by 
the  accidental  discharge  of  a  musket.* 

He  received  appointment  from  Massachusetts,  and  was 
admitted,  14  April,  1809,  to  the  U.S.  Military  Academy 
at  West  Point,  N.Y.,  from  which  institution  he  graduated 
6  July,  181 2,  with  the  rank  of  ist  lieutenant,  and  was 
assigned  to  the  3d  artillery.  He  was  immediately  sent 
to  the  Niagara  Frontier,  and  to  active  service.  On  the 
27lh  April,  1813,  he  was  engaged  under  General  l*ike 
in  the  capture  of  York  (now  Toronto),  where  he  was 
wounded  by  an  explosion  of  the  enemy's  magazine, 
which  killed  General  Pike.  On  this  occasion  the  British 
lost  seven  hundred  men  in  killed,  wounded,  and  pris- 
oners. Four  weeks  later  he  took  part  in  the  defence  of 
Sackett's  Harbor  under  General  Brown.  Sackelt's  Har- 
bor was  at  that  time  the  most  important  point  on  Lake 
Ontario,  and  was  attacked  twice  by  the  British,  who 
were  repulsed  on  the  second  attempt  to  capture  it  with 

*  His  left  hand  was  so  badly  shattered  thai  amputution  was  necessary. 
He  was  pop.sloned  for  hfe  by  the  State  of  Mass.,  Feb.  21,  1S09. 

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a  loss  of  one  hundred  and  fifty  men.  He  took  part  in 
the  defence  of  Fort  Erie  from  the  Z3th  of  August  to  the 
Z4th  of  Septembor,  for  which  he  was  brevetted  major. 
During  the  following  November  he  distinguished  himsdf 
in  the  battle  of  French  Creek,  where  the  British  fodlla 
were  di^>eised* 

After  the  war  he  was  transferred  to  the  Florida  frontier^ 
where  he  served  untfl  xSig,  participating  in  General 
Jackson's  campaigns  against  the  Seminole  TnriJans.  On 
the  reorganization  of  the  army  in  1821,  he  was  appointed 
captain  of  the  ad  artillcryi  serving  at  Fort  Mackinaw, 
Mifhiptn.  On  the  15th  of  April,  1834,.  he  was  ap- 
pobted  acting  major  of  the  artillery  school  at  Fortress 
Monroe,  'N^rginia,  and  on  the  3d  of  Nov.,  1832,  he  was 
commissioned  major  of  artiDerf.  He  participated  in  the 
second  war  against  the  Seminole  Indians  from  1835  ^^ 
1839.  On  the  i6th  of  Sept.,  1838,  he  received  the  com- 
mission of  lieutenant-colonel  of  the  4th  artillery,  and 
was  brevetted  colonel  on  the  3x8!  of  Dec.,  1839.  Dur- 
ing the  Canadian  disturbances  of  that  poiod,  he  served 
on  the  frontier  in  1840  and  1841,  after  which  he  was 
assigned  to  the  recruiting  service  of  the  Western  De- 
partment, with  headquarter!  at  ClndnnatL  He  died 
testate,  at  Newport,  Kentucky,  on  the  i8th  of  Aug.,  1846, 
aged  58  years.  I&  sister,  Harriet  Ome  Reed,  was  ap- 
pcrinted  executrix  of  his  wilL    No  issue. 

On  14  Jan.,  x8s8,  a  memorial  of  Harriet  O.  Reed, 
executrix  of  A.  C.  W.  Fanning,  was  presented.  (See 
« Congressional  Reooid,"  xst  Session  35th  Congress,  Fart 

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356  History  0/ikg  Famnn^Famify 

960.  THOMAS  EDMUND*  FANNING. b.  1819,  (Tkmmi' 

Edmmmd\  Gilbert,  /ohms',  Thamaf,  Edmrnd")  4  J 

nu  at  Indian  Woods,*  Bertie  Co.,  N.Caz         J,:^ 
Sept,  1852, 

Mary  Elinbeth  PQgh, . 
dan.  of  Francis  Richard  and  Mary  Ann  (Rasooe)  Pngli, 
and  h.  near  Windsor,  Bertie  Co.,  N.C.,  r6  Msr.,  r83S.  }| 

Thomas  Edmnnd  Fanning  was  born  at  Ptoqiect,  Ue 
of  Wi^  Co.,  Va.,t  as  Dec,  1819. 

He  is  a  grocer  and  dealer  in  phntstinn  siqiplies,  of 
the  firm  of  Fanning  and  Thomas  at  Brownsville,  Tcmi. 
HeisaQnsker.  .^ 

599.  X.  Kate  Pugi^,  b.  at  ^INndsor,  Bertie  Co.,  N.C.,  14  June, 
1859;  nu  at  Brownsville,  Temt^  38  Dec,  1880^  Spen- 
cer Farrington  Thomas,  b.  s8  Aug.,  1856,  son  of  Rob- 
ert Spencer  and  Martha  (Farrington)ThomBS.  Heis 
of  the  firm  of  Fanning  and  Thomas,  grooefs,  Browns- 
ville, where  he  resides. 

IssuSf  all  bam  at  BrawHSviaa^  Tamu 
I.  Kate  Famxino  Thomas,  b.  Z9  Sept,  'i88z^  ^^ 
XL  RoBiBT  Spencer  T&omas,  b.  27  Dec,  z889. 
HL  FAMmMO  Thomas,  b.  13  iiiay,  1884. 
rr.  Marb  Cam  T^mAS,  b.  7  Dec,  1885.      :» 
y*  EuzABXXH  Pdgh  T&omas,  b.  ij  May,  x8Ut./ 
'    vz.  Edwaid  Gamee  T&ohas,  b.  s  Julyt  x889.  ^ 
vzL  Frank  Pogk  Thomas,  b.  93  Oct.,  i89z. 

VHZ.  AZAERT  GZASS  THOMAS,  b.  3  Oct,  Z893. 

zx.  Spencer  Fasrznoion  Thomas,  b.  28  Nov., 

Z895;  d.  8  July,  Z896. 
X.  AiHA  THOMAS,  b.  )        (twins) 
XL  WooDLZFFE  Thomas,  b.  J  zs  Oct.,  z897. 

^  A  MCtkm  of  toimUjf  on  Hosaoko  Ehrtr. 

t  Protpwcit  thoosnoof  thoold  hommmiar  Dlatikt 00 lbs Cosatj 
Rood  ItMUng  from  SmflfoUL*  NsnsMOiid  Coimty,  Va^  to  Ids  of  Wiglit 
Cowt  Hosts,  snd  is  sbomt  el^t  mOss  from  sitkor  plaos. 

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263.  WILLIAM  AXSON^  FANNING,  h.  1791,  (/u/wwwrf*, 
Gi/hrri*,  JiiiHcy^,  Thoma^^  Julniinni*) 

m.  ;i(  Sloninglon,  Conn.,  31  M:iy,  1824, 

Juliet  Palmer » 
clau.  of  Natlianicl  and  Mercy  (Brown)  Palmer, 
and  b.  at  Stoninglon,  Conn.,  25  Feb.,  1808. 

Capt.  William  Axson  Fanning  was  born  at  New  York 
City,  34  Cherry  St.,  4  Jan.,  1794;  was  a  sea  captain  and 
ship  master,  and  resided  at  Stoninglon,  Conn.  His  resi- 
dence was  on  Trumbull  St.,  next  east  of  his  father's, 
Capt.  Edmund  Fanning.  He  built  at  Stonington,  Conn., 
the  brigs  "Dandy"  and  "Bunker  Hill."  It  was  on  the 
hitter  that  he  died  of  fever  while  on  a  voyage  from  Car- 
ihagena,  Spain,  26  Feb.,  1826,  and  was  buried  at  sea. 

A  funeral  sermon  on  Captain  Fanning  was  delivered 
28  March,  1826,  by  the  Rev.  Gideon  B.  Perry,  of  the 
Baptist  Church,  Stonington. 

The   inscription    of    his   death    is   on   the    Fanning 
monument  in  the  Robinson  burying  ground,  Stonington. 
He  died  intestate,  and  James  W.  Bleecker,  of  New  York 
City,  was  appointed  adm'r  of  his  est.,  17  March,  1826, 
His  widow  died  at  the  Astor  House,  New  York  City, 
23  Aug.,  1845,  '*^o^  37  ycarSi  ai^d  was  buried  in  Ever- 
green Cemetery,  Stonington. 
530.  I.  Sakah  ELiZABETn,'  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  16  Dec, 
1825;  m.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  14  Sept.,  1848,  Ed- 
ward Anthony  Bradford,  b.  at  Plainfield,  Conn.    27 
Sept.,  1813,  a  kiwyer  and  graduate  of  Yale,  1S33, 
and  Han'ard  Law  School,  1836.    Res.  New  Orleans, 
La.    He  d.  at  Paris,  France,  22  Nov.,  1872.    Bur. 
Plainfield,  Conn.     Issue:  Olive  Douglas,  George  Par- 
tridge, Olive  Douglas,  William  Douglas,  Lois,  Sydney, 
and  Edith  Bradfoi*d,all  dec*d  but  William  and  Sydney. 

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266.  FREDERICK   DEVEAU*  FANNING,    b.    1806, 
{Hcnry^,  Gilberl*,  James^,  Thontas',  Edmund^) 
m.  at  Charleston,  S.C.,  26  May,  1S31, 

Elizabeth  Fuller  ton  Righton, 
dau.  of  Joseph  and  Elizabeth  (Fullcrton)  Righton, 
and  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C.,  28  Oct.,  1809.    Elizabeth 
Fullcrton's  father  was  John  Fullerton,  a  Scotchman. 

Frederick  Deveau  Fanning  was  born  in  New  York  City, 
6  Nov.,  1S06;  was  a  merchant  and  settled  at  Charleston, 
S.C.J  where  he  resided  until  his  death,  26  Feb.,  1S69. 

Widow  died  at  Sandy  Run,  Lexington  Co.,  S.C.,  23 
Feb.,  1876.  Both  buried  in  Magnolia  Cemetery,  Charles- 
ton, S.C. 

Issue : 

531.  I.  Mary^  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  in  1832;  ra.  at  Charles- 

ton in  1S56,  .-Mfied  Langdon  Gillespie,  a  dr\'  goods 
merchant  of  that  city.  He  served  a  short  time  in 
the  Confederate  Army,  and  d.  at  KnoxviUe,  Tenn., 
in  Jan.,  1884.    She  d.  in  Dec,  1891. 

532.  n.  Elizabeth  RicnxoN',  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  9  Dec, 

1833;  d.  young. 

533.  m.  Henry  Conner',  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  8  Jan., 

1835;  d.  young. 
+  534.    IV.  Frederick',  b.  at  Charicston,  S.C,  6  May,  1838. 
535-     ^''  John  Richton',  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  6  July,  1840; 
d.  young. 

536.  VI.  Kerr  Boyce',  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  29  Oct.,  1842; 

d.  3  Nov.,  1843. 

537.  vn.  Elizabetu',  b.  at  Cliarleston,  S.C,  23  July,  1845; 

m.  at  Charleston,  26  Dec,  1865,  John  G.  Brown, 
a  planter.  Res.  Burgaw,  Pender  Co.,  N.C  She 
was  educated  at  Spartanburg  Female  College,  S.C. 

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He  graduated  at  Hillsboro'  Academy,  N.C. ,  and 
was  in  the  2d  So.  Carolina  Cavalry,  Army  of  Vir- 
ginia, 1861  to  '65.  Notarial  Justice,  Lexington 
Co.,  S.C.,  for  12  years  prior  to  1890. 
Iztut :  tldtsi  HiTU  horn  at  Charleston^  S.C. ; 
seven  at  Sa^idy  Run,  S.C. 

I.  Mary  Gillespie  Brown,  b.  5  Sept.,  1866; 

d.  21  May,  1867. 
II.  Frederick  Fanning  Brown,  b.  14  Sept., 
1867;  m.  at  Raleigh,  N.C,  25  Dec,  1892, 
Lorcna  Williams.    He  is  a  R.R.  conduc- 
tor, res.  Raleigh,  N.C. 

III.  Alexander  Taylor  Brown,  b.  23  Oct., 

1870;  m.  at  Burgaw,  N.C,  26  Dec, 
1S93,  Delia  Aldennan.  He  is  a  farmer, 
and  res.  near  Burgaw,  N.C. 

IV.  Frank  Elmore  Brown,  b.  21  Feb.,  1S74. 
V.  Lottie  Brown,  b.  7  Mar.,  1878;  d.  7 

July,  1889. 
VI.  John  Taylor  Brown,  b.  9  Feb.,  1881. 
VII.  LiLLiE  RiOHTON  Brown,  b.  2  June,  1883. 
vin.  William  Muller  Brown,  b.  23  May,  1885. 
ix.  Charlotte  Elizabeth  Brown,  b.  16  Jan., 

X.  Alfred   Gillespie  Brown,  b.  28  Feb., 
1890;  d.  3  Sept.,  1894. 

538.  VIII.  Frances  Robertson^,  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  6 

Nov.,  1847;  d.  young. 

539.  IX.  Charlotte  Boyce',  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  in  1S48; 

m.  at  Knoxville,  Tenn.,  in  1889,  Coleman  Wil- 
liams Brownson,  of  New  York.     Res.  Brooklyn, 

540.  X.  Sarah  Righton^  b.  at  Charleston,  S.C,  14  July, 

1852;  unm.    Res.  at  Brooklyn,  N.Y. 

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I'll.  THOMAS  COrr«  FANNING,  1».  1S05,       {71uwnis\ 
'Jliomas*,  Richard^,  'Jliomar,  Julmnml^) 

m,  ist,Jit  Albion,  Orleans  Co.,N.Y.,26  Oct.,  1S29, 

Cornelia  Ann  Shepard, 

diiu.  of  Daniel  and  Electni  (Williams)  Shcpard, 
and  b.  at  Aurora,  N.Y.,  26  Sept.,  1805.* 
Slic  (I.  al  Albion,  N.Y.,  2  June,  1S34. 
lie  m.  2d,  al  New  York  Cily,  i  Oct.,  iS^Sf 

Lucy  Hubbard, 
dau.  of  David  and  Lucy  (Coit)  Hubbard, 
and  b.  at  New  York  City,  23  March,  1816. 
She  d.  at  Brooklyn,  N.Y.,  13  March,  1853. 
He  m.  3d,  at  Brooklyn,  N.Y.,  5  March,  1857, 

Mrs.  Mary  Augusta  (Willcox)  Marvin, 
dau.  of  Oliver  anil  Sally  (SiaiUon)  Willcox, 
and  b.  at  New  Yor'.v  City,  10  Dec,  1818.    She  was  wid. 
of  Dr.  David  D.  Marvin. 

Thomas  Coit  Fanning  was  born  at  Norwich,  Conn., 
2  Aug.,  1805.  When  of  age  he  removed  to  Rochester, 
N.Y.,  where  he  entered  a  drug  store  as  clerk.  Later  he 
removed  to  and  was  one  of  the  pioneers  in  the  settle- 
ment of  Albion,  Orleans  Co.,  N.Y.,  where  he  commenced 
business  in  1829.  He  held  ihc  office  of  elder  in  the 
Presbyterian  Church  there. 

In  1849  ^^  removed  to  Brooklyn,  N.Y.,  selling  out . 
his  drug  business.  While  in  Brooklyn,  he  engaged  in 
map  publishing  in  New  York  City.  Was  a  member  of 
Plymouth  Church,  Brooklyn,  where  he  held  the  office  of 
deacon  until  his  decease,  21  Nov.,  1873.  Buried,  Green- 
wood Cemetery.  His  will,  dated  12  Dec,  1871,  probated 
22  Dec,  1873,  ^^  Brooklyn,  mentions  wives,  Mary  A. 
Fanning,  and  Lucy  H.  Fanning. 

•  Daniel  Shepard  was  born  at  Platnfield,  Conn,,  20  June,  1771 ;  died  at 
Aurora,  N.Y.,  22  Sept.,  1S19.  Electra  Williams  was  the  daughter  of  Judah 
Williams,  of  Williamstown,  Mass.  They  were  married  at  Ulica,  N.Y.,  19 
April,  iSoo. 

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Issue  by  wife  Cornelia : 
4.541.      I.  Amdiikw  MuitDUCK'y  b.  at  Albioai,N.V.,  t  April,  1834. 

Issue  by  wife  Lucy  : 
+S42.     n.  David  GRE£N£^  b.  at  Albion,  N.Y.,  30  Sept.,  1836. 
543.    III.  QosNEUA  Amne^  b.  at  Albion,  N.Y.,  22  Aug.,  1838; 
d.  young. 
+544.    IV.  Thomas  Corf,  b.  at  Albion,  N.Y.,  5  June,  1840. 

545.  V.  Lucy  Corf,  b.  at  Albion,  N.Y.,  3  Sept.,  1842;  m.  at 

t  Brooklyn,  N.Y.,  4  Oct.,  1870,  Oliver  Wfllcox  Norton, 
;  of  Norton  Bros.,  large  manuiacturers,  Chicago,  IlL 

Res.  Chicago. 

L  GsKTauDE  HuBBASD  NosTON,  b.  17  July, 

i873;d.4  Aug.,  1873. 
n.  Ralph  Hubdakd  Norton,  b.  27  Dec.,  1875. 
HI.  Elliott  Saltonstall  Norton,  b.  8  July, 

IV.  Ruth  Woodyatt  Norton,  b.  30  Jan.,  1880. 
V.  Strong  Vincent  Norton,  b.  14  Sept.,  1882. 

546.  VL  EuzABXTH  HuBBARD^  b.  at  Albion,  N.Y.,  4  April, 

1847;  <L  3  Jan.,  1848. 

547.  VXL  EiitABXXK  Hubbard',  b.  at  Albion,  N.Y.,  14  Sept, 

1849;  <L  15  Oct.,  1856. 

Issue  hy  wife  Mary  : 

548.  vm.  Helkn  Augusta',  b.  at  Brooklyn,  N.Y.,  16  Oct.  185S; 

m.  at  Chicago,  HL,  s  Oct,  1884*  Heniy  Martyn 
Norton.    He  was  in  the  176th  Regiment,  N.Y.  Vol- 
unteers, during  Civil  War.    Connected  with  Norton 
Bros.,  Manu&ctuxeis.    Res.  Chicago,  HI. 
V  DwiGBT  Fanning  Norton,  b.  3  Nov.,  1887. 
n.  Roger  Stanton  Norton,  b.  ii  Jan.,  1892. 

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a7S.  JOHN  HOWARD*  FANNING,  Ik  1805,       (/akm*^ 

nu  xst,  at  Norwich,  Conn*,  z  Maicfa,  1831, 
by  the  Rev.  Seth  BIisb, 

BUnbeth  Pridde, 
dan.  of 

and  b.  at  in  z8ox.    Her  father  waa  born  in;} 

France,  and  she  waa  early  an  orphan. 
She  d.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  7  Nov.^  zM4*  I 

He  nu  ad,  at  Norwich,  Coon.,  21  April,  1870, 

Mary  J  Ooodwis^ 

dan.  of 
and  b.  at 

John  Howard  Fanning,  son  of  Capt.  John  Fanning,  waa . 
bom  at  Norwich,  Comu,  2  ^xrii,  z8os« 

He  waa  a  skilled  mechanic,  and  a  contxactor  for  build--' 
ingik    He  constructed  many  ">ffl»,  churches,  and  rcsi- 
dmcea  in  New  London  Co.,  Conn* 

He  resided  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  and  was  a  man  of  ster-  . 
ling  integrity,  of  genial  disposition,  and  a  leader  ainong, 
his  crafL 

He  died  at  Manchester,  N.H.,  33  April,  1874,  aged  69  " 

years.    Buried  at  Norwidi,  Conn.  :\^ 

Issm  by  wife  EUwahHh,  recorded  ai  Norwich  :         ;j 

549*    L  Jams  TMAof^  h.  at  Norwidi,  Conn.,  9  Dec,  x834;d-p 

6  No?.,  1856,  mun.  .   • ; 

-I-550.  n.  JOHR  Tbdma^,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  31  Dec,  1837^' •' 

(Norwich,  Conn.,  records  read  **  1838.'*) 

551.  XEL  (Sony,  b.  at  Norwidi,  Conn*  ;  d.  14  April,z839.  j 

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276.  JAMES  GILBERT*  FANNING,  b.  1809,  {John}, 
Thomas\  Richard^,  Thomas^,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Madison,  Indiana,  31  Oct.,  183S, 

Jane  Quinn, 
dau.  of  Aaron  and  Elizabeth  (Luckey)  Quinn, 
and  b.  at  Maysville,  Ky.,  in  iSio. 

James  Gilbert  Fanning  was  bom  at  Norwich,  Conn., 
7  Sept.,  1S09.  He  was  a  printer.  He  went  West  about 
I  S3  7,  and  lived  at  Madison,  Ind.,  three  or  four  years  and 
afterward  at  Vcvay,  Ind.,  Dayton,  O.,  and  Eaton,  O. 
Later  he  located  at  Cincinnati,  O. 

She  died  at  Eaton,  O.,  22  Oct.,  1864. 

He  died  at  Cincinnati,  O.,  11  Aug.,  18S8. 
Issue : 

552.  I.  James  Quixn^,  b.  at  Madison,  Ind.,  30  Nov.,  1839. 

He  was  a  printer,  and  res.  at  Cincinnati,  O.,  where 
he  d.,  unm.,  10  Jan.,  1903.  Bur.  at  Eaton,  Preble 
Co.,  O. 

553.  n.  S.\noree^  b.  at  Vevay,  Ind.,  9  Oct.,  1841 ; 

d.  8  March,  1854. 

554.  ni.  George  TuouA3^  b.  at  Dayton,  O.,  9  Oct.,  1844;  d. 

30  May,  1847. 
SSS-  IV.  AiJDY  Elizaweti^,  b.  at  E:iton,  O.,  5  Aug.,  1847;  n^-  *t 
Cincinnati,  O.,  12  Oct.,  1876,  Henry  Harrison  Finch, 
of  Cincinnati.    Res.  at  Alameda,  Cal.    No  issue. 

556.  V.  Anne  Perkins^,  b.  at  Eaton,  O.,  8  Jan.,  1850.    Res. 

at  Cincinnati,  O. ;  unm. 

557.  vi.  Thomas  Tracy^  b.  at  Eaton,  O.,  iS  Jan.,  1S52;  d. 

at  Cincinnati,  O.,  18  Aug.,  x86S. 

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277.  HENRV*  FANNING,  h.    1791,  {Niihitnl\  U'uhnrd\ 
Richard^ f  Thomas '^  Edmund*) 

m.  ist,  at  North  Sloninglon,  Conn.,  19  Dec, 
1812,*  by  the  Rev.  John  Hyde, 

Mazy  Morgan, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

She  was  baptized  and  received  into  the  First  Church  of 
Preston,  Conn.,  4  Feb.,  1821,  and  d.  at  Preston,  15  Feb., 

He  m.  2d,  at  Preston,  Conn.,  15  Nov.,  i82i,t 
by  the  Rev.  John  Hyde, 

Sophia  P  Davis, 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at  i  Dec,  1799. 

She  d.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  24  Nov.,  1S64,  aged  66  years, 
and  was  bur.  in  Preston  Cemetery  (g.s.). 

Henry  Fanning,  only  son  of  Richard  and  Lucy  (Park) 
Fanning,  v/as  born  at  Stonington  or  Preston,  Conn.,  in 
1791,  where  he  resided,  and  also  at  Norwich. 

His  farm  in  Preston  was  located  on  the  old  road  lead- 
ing across  Branch  Hill,  and  recently  the  property  of  J. 
D,  Benjamin.  On  the  first  of  Feb.,  1828,  Henry  Fan- 
ning sold  all  his  land  in  Preston,  58  acres,  to  the  First 
Ecclesiastical  Society  in  that  town.  He  and  wife  Sophia 
were  admitted  to  the  First  Church  in  Preston,  7  March, 
1824.  He  died  at  Preston,  Conn.,  X3  May  1851,  aged 
60  years,  and  is  buried  in  Preston  Cemetery. 

•  The  First  Church  of  Preston  Records  read  19  T^ec.,  1813, 
t  This  date  is  according  to  the  Town  Records.    The  First  Church,  Pres- 
ton, Records  read  6  Dec.^  1821. 

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Issue  by  wife  Mary,  reconleil  a  I  Preston  : 
558.  1.  llKNRY  Nki50n\  li.  iit  Prcstoi),  Conii.,  17  Dec,  1813; 
baptized  4  Feb.,  1821;  d.  unm.  at  Lisbon  Conn.,  6 
March,  1835,  a.  21  years.  Bur.  in  Preston  Cemetery. 
SSg.  n.  William  Austin^  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  13  June,  1818; 
baptized  4  Feb.,  1821 ;  d.  in  New  York  City,  21  June, 
1847,  a.  29  yrs. 

Issue  by  wife  Sophia,  recorded  at  Preston  : 

560.  III.  Richard^,  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  20  Aug.,  1822;  was 

killed  by  the  cars  near  Aliyn's  Point,  13  Jan.,  1845, 
a.  22  yrs.;  unm. 

561.  IV.  Lucy  Park,'  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  2  April,  1824;  bap- 

tized 5  Sept.,  1824;  m.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  William 
Davis.  Res.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  where  she  d.  13  April, 
1852,  a.  28  yrs.  He  d.  there  26  Aug.  1864,  a.  42 
yrs.  •  Both  bur.  at  Preston  Cemetery.    No  issue. 

562.  V.  Mary  Jane,'  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  8  May,  1829;  m,  at 

Preston,  Conn.,  in  June,  1850,  Edwin  Smith  Burgess. 

She  d.  at  Preston,  13  Oct.,  1895. 

Issue:  Edwin  Lee  Burgess,  b.  8  May,  1858,  m.  at 
Westerly,  R.I.,  29  May,  1881,  Mattie  V.  Lucas.  Res, 
Preston,  Conn. 

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278.  RICHARD"    FANNING,    b.  1793,  (/lid*,  Rkhard\ 
Richard^,  Thomas^,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  20  March,  1S19, 

Ann  Eliza  Smith, 

dau.  of 

and  b.  at  10  Dec,  iSoi. 

Richard  Fanning  was  born  at  Preston,  Conn.,  23  Dec, 
1793,  and  settled  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  vvilh  his  par- 
ents about  1S02.  When  he  became  of  age  it  is  .said  he 
returned  East  and  married.  He  was  residing  in  Troy, 
N.Y.,  in  1826,  but  in  1S3S  his  residence  was  unknown, 
according  to  a  deposition  of  his  brother  Jonathan  P.  W. 

He  died  at  .    Buried  in  Ida  Hill  Cemetery, 

Troy,  N.Y.    She  died  at  West  Troy,  N.Y.,  in  i860. 
Issue : 

563.  I.  Asa  Whitman',  b.  at  Hudson,  N.Y.,  29  Nov.,  1819. 

He  never  m.  He  learned  the  carpenter  trade,  but  in 
1836  went  to  sea.  In  1S43  ^^cnt  to  California  and 
at  breaking  out  of  Mexican  War  was  one  of  200 
sailors  who  volunteered  to  take  Monterey,  California. 
Built  the  first  wooden  house  in  Stockton,  Cal.  (for 
Capt.  Weber).  Later  became  a  produce  merchant 
and  died  at  Stockton,  Cal.,  30  May,  1875. 

564.  II.  Jerusiia  Anna^  b.  at  Troy,  N.Y.,  11  April,  1822.  m. 

at  Troy,  N.Y.,  in  April,  1843,  Myron  Jewel  Gilbert, 
a  car  man'f'r,  and  res.  at  Brandon,  Vt.,  where  he  d. 
27  Aug.,  1S61.  Issue:  Anna  Eliza,  Albert  Myron, 
Howard  Fanning,  and  Clara  Antoinette  Gilbert. 

Jcnisha  m.   2d,  at  Brandon,  Vt.,  19  Oct.,   1869, 
Arnon  Adams  Atwood.    She  d.  at  West  Randolph, 
Vt.,  7  July,  1896. 
4-565.  III.  Howard  Malcolm',  b.  at  Troy,  N.Y.,  3  June,  1826. 

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279.  ASA«  PANNING,  b.  1795,  {Asa^,  Rkliard\  RicJiard\ 
Thomas\  Edmwtd^) 

m.  at  Oxford,  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  in  1828. 

Phebe  Ann  Cole, 
dau.  of  Samuel  and  ''Alee''  (Pullman)  Cole, 
and  b.  at  Voluntown,  Conn.,  4  April,  1S13. 

Samuel  Cole  removed  from  Connecticut  to  Chenango 
Co.,  N.Y.,  in  1814. 

Asa  Fanning,  Jr.,  was  bom  at  Preston,  Conn.,  29 
July,  X795,  removed  with  his  parents  about  1803  to 
Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  to  what  is  now  the  town  of  Preston. 
At  the  age  of  eighteen  he  enlisted  as  a  private  in  his 
uncle  William  Palmer's  company  of  volunteers  in  the  War 
of  181 2,  and  for  a  short  time  served  at  Sackett's  Harbor. 

Soon  after  becoming  of  age  he  taught  school  for  some 
time  in  Seneca  Co.,  N.Y. 

Afterward  he  learned  the  trade  of  a  wagon-maker  at 
Norwich,  N.Y.,  with  kis  brother-in-law,  George  W.  Her- 

He  removed  to  Union,  Broome  Co.,  N.Y.,  in  1829, 
after  marrying,  and  resided  there  until  his  death,  the  7th 
July,  1863. 

Widow  died  at  Sterling,  111.,  4  April,  1S90.  Buried  at 
Union,  N.Y. 

+  566,    I.  Om.w  Erastus',  b.  at  Oxford,  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y., 

2  Feb.,  1829. 
+567.  n.  Franklin^  b.  at  Union,  Broome  Co.,  N.Y.,  13  July, 
568.  ni.  Wallace^  b.  at  Union,  Broome  Co.,  N.Y.,  30  Sept., 
1835;  d.  there  25  July,  1852. 

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287.  JONATHAN  P.  W,»  FANNING,  b.  1812,  (/l5(l^ 
Richard*,  Richard^,  Thomas^,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Greene,  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  in  June, 
1845  or  '46, 

Jane  Ann  Brackett, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Jonathan  P.  W.  Fannnig  was  born  at  Preston,  Che- 
nango Co.,  N.Y.,  in  181 2,  was  a  farmer,  and  resided  on 
the  homestead  farm  of  his  father,  at  Preston,  which  he 
inherited  from  him  by  will  in  1838.  It  was  located  on 
West  Hill,  so  called,  just  outside  the  village. 

He  died  intestate  at  Preston,  X.Y.,  24  March,  1862, 
aged  50  years,  and  was  buried  in  what  is  called  Ihc 
Lewis  Cemetery,  one  mile  east  of  Preston  Centre,  N.Y. 

Jane  A.  Fanning,  widow  of  Jonathan  P.  \V.  Fanning, 
petitioned  the  Probate  Court  of  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y., 
29  March,  1862,  requesting  that  letters  of  administration 
be  granted  to  her  and  to  Murray  Hall,  of  the  town  of 
Preston,  on  the  estate  ot  her  deceased  husband.  In  her 
petition  she  made  affida\dt  that  she  and  her  daughter 
Frances,  a  minor  child  under  the  age  of  21  years,  were 
the  only  heirs  at  law  and  next  of  kin. 

This  petition  was  allowed  and  letters  granted  to  her 
the  same  date. 

569.    I.  Frances^  b.  at  Preston,  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.    Was 
res.  at  Preston,  in  1865;  no  further  record. 

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a88.  CRISTAL*  FANNING,  b.  1814,  (Asa\Richard\Rich- 
ard^,  Thomas^,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Smithvillc,  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  39  Aug., 

Mary  Elizabeth  Traffordt 
dau.  of  and  Betsey  (Marsh)  TrafFoidy 

and  b.  at  Litchfield,  Conn.,  in  1813. 

CrisUil  Fanning,  son  of  Asa  and  Jerusha  (Brown)  Fan- 
ning, was  bom  at  Preston,  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  14  June, 
1814,  on  the  farm  that  his  father  cleared  in  1803,  it  being 
then  but  a  wilderness. 

He  was  brought  up  on  the  farm  and  finished  what 
schooling  he  had  at  a  select  school  at  Nonvich  and  the 
De  Ruyter  Institute.  Later  on,  he  learned  the  carpenter 
trade,  and  was  in  turn  a  farmer,  teacher,  mechanic,  and 
lastly,  a  merchant.  He  also  held  the  office  of  postmaster 
at  Ossian,  N.Y. 

He  resided  for  many  years  at  Preston,  and  afterAvards 
at  Norwich,  N.Y.,  at  the  latter  place  with  his  niece,  Mrs. 
Hannah  M.  Tiffany.  In  the  last  years  of  his  life  he 
made  his  home  partly  with  his  niece,  Mrs.  Tiffany,  at 
Norwich,  and  partly  with  his  daughter,  Mrs.  Flora  A. 
Palmer,  at  Corning,  N.Y. 

His  wife  died  at  Ossian  Centre,  Livingston  Co.,  N.Y., 
28  Feb.,  1885. 

He  died  at  Norwich,  N.Y.,  22  April,  1899,  ^^^  ^"^ 
buried  beside  his  mother  in  Hope  Cemetery,  Corning, 
N.Y.    No  issue. 

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293.  AMASA  STANDJSH"i;*ANNING,l».iSoj,(//i.;/r/, 
Richard^,  Richard^,  Thomas'^  JidmumO) 

m.  at  Ncwinglon,  Conn.,  29  March,  1827, 

Lucinda  Sage, 
dau.  of  George  and  Harriet  (Stocking)  Sage, 
and  b.  at  Middletown,  Conn.,  i797- 

George  Sage  was  bom  at  Middletown,  Conn.,  and  died 
in  Oct.,  iSoS.  Lucinda  Sage  has  a  younger  brother,  Ros- 
well,  who  recently  resided  at  Garrettsvillc,  Portage  Co., 
O.  Roswell  was  brought  up  by  his  grandfather,  Capt. 
William  Sage,  of  Middletown,  Conn.,  and  learned  the  trade 
of  a  clothier  of  his  brother  George,  at  Hebron,  Conn. 

Amasa  Standish  Fanning,  son  of  Henry  and  Lovina 
(Standish)  Fimiiip.g,  was  born  at  Preston,  Conn.,  6  Feb., 
1802.  He  and  his  wife  Lucinda  went  west  soon  after 
marriage,  and  located  at  Freedom,  O.  His  occupation 
was  that  of  a  farmer. 

He  died  20  Feb.,  1859,  being  killed  by  falling  from  a 
scaffold  on  top  of  a  barn.    Buried  at  Freedom,  O. 

Widow  died  and  was  buried  at  Berrien  Springs,  Ber- . 
rien  Co.,  Mich.,  in  Aug.,  1874,  at  her  brother-in-law's 
Harvey  Hawley. 

Issite : 
-f  570.  I.  NzaviLLE  De  RosTus^  b.  at  Freedom, 0.,6  Dec,  1838. 

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295.  HENRY  J*  *  FANNING.  Ii.  i,Sofi,  (//i//r/,  l<U\uml\ 
Kichard'*,  Tliotnux',  luimtiml^) 

ni.  ist,  at  Uozniliy  Conn.,  i  Jan.»  1S2S, 

Annie  Hakes, 
duu.  of  Eliliu  and  Annie  (Gccr)  Iliikcs, 
and  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  i  May,  1808. 

She  d.  at  Uncasville,  Conn.,  5  Nov.j  1856,  a.  48  yrs. 
Bur.  Uncasville. 

He  m.  2d,  at  Chesterfield,  Conn.,  5  Nov.,  1857, 

Hannah  Wickwire, 
dau.  of  Willard  and  Thcoda  (Chappell)  Wickwire,    • 
and  b.  at  181 1. 

She  d.  at  Chesterfield,  Conn.,  16  March,  1883,  a.  72 
yrs.,  and  is  bur.  at  Uncasville,  Conn. 

Henry  J  Fanning  was  born  at  Bozrah,  Conn.,  30  July, 
1S06.  He  resided  at  Bozrah  and  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  and 
followed  farming. 

He  (lied  at  Clicslerfield,  Conn.,  iS  Aug.,  1S79.  ^^"'■' 
at  Uncasville. 

Issue  by  wife  Annie: 
+571,    I.  Ei.iiiu  Hakes',  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  11  March,  1830. 
572.  II.  Anna  Geer^  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  25  May,  1832;  m. 
at  Plaintield  Town,  Conn.,  2  July,  1849,  JalK'z  Curtis 
Gates,  son  of  William  and  brother  of  that  William 
Gates  who  m.  Jane  C.  Fanning  (No.  300).   He  was  a 
carpenter,  b.  at  Griswold,  Conn.,  23  Dec,  1828.   Res. 
nt  New  London,  where  he  d.  28  March,  1892. 
I.  Annie  Francis  Gates,  b.  at  Plainfield,  Conn., 

2  March,  1851;  d.  12  Feb.,  1SS6. 
II.  Clarence  Jabez  Gates,  b.  at  New  Tendon, 
Conn.,  23  Jan.,  1855;  m.  at  New  Ix)ndon,  13 

•  Named  Henry  Fanning.  Upon  removing  to  Nor%4-ich  he  look  a  middle 
letter*'  J  **  to  distinguish  him  from  hU  cousin  thereof  the  samennmc  (No.  277). 

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Sept.,  iSSi,  Carrie  Cann.    Pie  is  a  carpenter. 
Res.  New  London,  and  has  issue  five  ch. 

III.  Carrie  Helena  Gates,  b.  at  New  London, 

Conn.,  22  Sept.,  1861;  d.  7  May,  1876. 
573.  III.  Happy  Lavinia',  b.  at  Canterbury,  Conn.,  28  June, 
1842;  m.  at  Pulmcrtown,  Conn.,  10  May,  i860,  Sam- 
uel William  Strickland,  b.  Montvillc,  Conn.,  3  March, 
1841.  A  civil  engineer  and  farmer,  and  res.  Montville. 
Issue : 
I.  MiNXiE  Hakes  Strickland,  b.  at  Worcester, 
Mass.,  10  Feb.,  1861 ;  m.  at  New  London, 
Conn.,  25  June,  1883,  Henry  Claude  Rich. 
A  clothier,  and  res.  at  New  Haven,  Conn. 
Issue,  two  ch. 
II.  Laura  White  Strickland,  b.  at  Montvillc, 
Conn.,  20  "Oec,  1865;  m.  at  New  London, 
Conn.,  16  June,  18S4,  Clayton  Berkley  Smith, 
an  attorney  at  New  London,  and  graduate 
of  Columbia  College.    Issue,  one  dau. 
ui.  Annie  Strickland,  b.  at  East  Lyme,  Conn., 
27  March,  1867;  d.  5  April,  1878. 

IV.  Alice  Strickland,  b.  at  East  Lyme,  Conn., 

16  Oct.,  1868;  d.  2$  June,  1878. 
V.  Myra  Strickland,  b.  at  East  Lyme,  Conn., 

10  March,  1871;  d.  31  March,  1878. 
VI.  Louis  Fanning  Strickland,  b.  at  Water- 
ford,  Conn.,  I  June,  1879. 

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297.  BENJAMIN    RICHARD*  FANNING,   b.  z8io, 
(ffefiry*,  Riehard\  Riehard\  Thomas\  Edmrnd^) 
m.  zst,  at  Chatham,  now  East  Hampton,  Conn., 
29  Aug.,  1836, 

Mehitable  Peters  Gates, 

dau.  of  Olmsted  and  Nabba  (Young)  Gates,  who  were 

m«  25  Not.,  1813,  and  lived  at,  and  were  both  of.  East 

Hampton,  Conn.    Mehitable  was  bom  8  Dec,  1814. 

She  d.  at  Berlin,  Conn.,  7  Biay,  1842,  without  issue. 

He  m.  3d,  at  Berlin,  Conn.,  6  Oct,  1844, 

Charlotte  Lee, 
dau.  of  John  and  Charlotte  (Doir)  Lee  of  Berlin,  Conn., 
he  the  son  of  James  and  Luqr  (Barnes)  Lee,  and  she 
the  dau.  of  Edmund  and  Ellen  (StOlman)  Dorr. 

Charlotte  was  b.  zs  Sept,  iSii.  She  d.  at  Berlin, 
Conn.,  2  Sept.,  1885. 

He  m.  3d,  at  Portfamd,  Conn.,  6  Oct,  1886, 

Ann  Gates  Strong, 
dau.  of  Olmsted  and  Nabba  (Young)  Gatesof  East  Hamp* 
ton,  Conn.,  and  b.  5  Feb.,  1817.  She  was  sbter  of  Mehit- 
able P.  Gates,  Mr.  Fanning's  first  wife,  and  widow  of 
Daniel  Strong  of  Portland,  Conn. 

Benjamin  Richard  Fanning  was  bom  at  Montville 
Conn.,  IS  Sept.,  i8ia  He  attended  the  Bacon  Academy 
in  Colchester  when  a  young  man,  where  his  &ther  lived 
at  the  time.  He  was  a  blacksmith,  and  resided  at  Berlin, 
Conn.,  from  1836  to  x886.  After  that  at  PcMrtknd,  Conn., 
where  he  died  6  Feb.,  1892*  The  widow  was  livfaig  at 
Portland,  Conn.,  in  1896. 

Issue  by  wife  CharioUe: 
574*  L  Clauhcb  Leb',  b.  at  Berlin,  Conn.,  4  Feb.,  1851; 
d.  98  May,  1854. 

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398.  ALEXANDER  NEWTON*  FANNING,  b.  1813, 
(H«iry\  Itkhard\  Rkhafd\  Thomas*,  Edmund^) 
m.  at  St.  Oiarks,  Mo.,  28  Sqyt.,  Z838, 

Elizabeth  Ann  Bagbjr, 
eldest  datt.  of  John  M.  and  Maria  (Fowler)  Bagby, 
and  b.  at  Cartenvflle,  Va^  aj  March,  x83X. 

Alexander  Newton  Fanning  was  bom  at  Berlin,  Conn., 
27  March,  1813. 

He  was  a  blacksmith,  and  went  west  in  1832,  and 
located  at  St  aiarles,Mo.,with  a  partner  by  the  name  of 
Payne.  There  he  resided  for  some  years,  and  was  mar- 
ried. He  removed  to  Galena,  HL,  in  1844,  And  to  BeDe- 
vue,  Ia.,in March,  2851, where  he  resided  until  htt  decease. 
He  died  at  Bellevue,  la.,  33  July,  2852. 
She  died  at  Bdlevue,  la.,  4  March,  289a.  Both  buried 

Issue : 
4-575.  L  John  Nswton',  b.  at  St.  Charles,  Mo.,  5  Sept.,  2839. 
576.  .XL  Hzmv  Wesion',  b.  at  St  Charles,  Mo.,  22  Fd>.,  284s. 
He  graduated  at  Bdkme  College,  la.,  in  2860.  Was 
in  the  Civil  War  in  the  5th  Iowa  Cavah7,  Army  of 
Tennessee,  with  Us  brother,  Amasa;  served  in  the 
same  company,  and  saw  the  same  service  as  Amasa; 
enlisted  at  same  time  and  discharged  at  same  time. 
(See  fuU  account  under  Amasa  Standish  Fa2ming,. 

At  last  acoou2tfs  Henry  Weston  was  in  Colorado, 
but  has  not  been  heard  from  since  2888,  and  is  sup-^ 
posed  to  be  dead.    Was  not  married  when  last  heard 
+577*  m.  Amasa  Sta29D2S^,  b.  at  Galena,  HL,  2  Aug.,  2845. 
+578.  rv.  Asa  SxAiomi^,  b.  at  Galena,  in.,  2  Aug.,  2845. 
+579*  V-  A2XXANDXR  Bagbi',  b.  at  Galena,  HL,  23  May,  2847. 

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ag9.THADDEUS  PORTER*  PANNING,  b.  28x5, 
{Hmiwy\  Bickofd^  Skhawd\  Tkamas\  Edmumd*) 
m.  at  Lyme,  C01111.1  4  Maich,  1838, 

Sarah  Ann  Greeiifield« 
dan.  of  Edwud  and  Ann  (Lay)  Greenfield, 
and  b.  at  Lyme,  Conii.,  13  Aug.,  x8z9. 

Thaddeus  Pdrter' Fanning,  8011  of  Hemy  and  Lofvina 
(Slandish)  Fanning,  and  in  tbe  sixth  geneiation  in  direct 
Sue  from  Edmund  Fanning,  Senior,  the  Amezican  an- 
cestor, was  bom  at  Beriin  ^  is  supposed),  Coul,  15 
Oct^  z8i5. 

In  earfy  life  he  learned  the  trade  of  a  Uacksmith,  and 
nas  following  that  occupatioii  at  Boszah,  Conn.,  at  the 
«imi>  of  his  mazziage.  He  afterward  removed  to  Lyme, 
CoozL,  where  he  resided  the  remainder  of  Us  Hie,  and 
wheze  he  died  Z4  SepL,  z863.    He  was  buzied  at  Lyme. 

He  was  comnKmfy  known  by  the  name  of  "Porter'* 
Fanning.  Nothing  further  in  regard  to  him  can  be  learned 
from  the  Conn,  records.  After  his  decease  Us  widow 
removed  to  Phinfidd,  Conn.,  where  she  resided  the  rest 
of  her  life.  She  died  at  Lyzne,  Coon.,  irbik  on  a  Tisit 
there,  5  April,  zSgs,  and  was  buzied  at  Lyme  in  the 
Cunilf  lot    No  issue. 

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30a.  LUTHER*  PANNING,  b.  1806,  (Cltarles^  Richard\ 
Richafd\  Thomas\  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Perry,  N.Y.,  27  April,  i8a8, 

Maria  Caroline  Horton, 
dau.  of  Elihu  and  Beturah  (Roe)  Horton, 
and  b.  at  Hartford,  Conn.,  25  June,  1806. 

Luther  Fanning  was  bom  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  16 
March,  x8o6,  was  a  cabinet  maker,  and  located  in  LeRoy, 
Genesee  Co.,  N.Y.    From  tliere  he  removed  in  1847  ^^ 
Angelica,  Allegany  Co.,  N.Y.,  where  he  resided  until  his 
He  d.  at  Angelica,  N.Y.,  14  June,  1854.  Bur.  at  Angelica. 
Widow  d.  at  Cuba,  N.Y.,  15  May,  1873.   Bur.  at  Cuba. 
+ 580.    L  Chaxles  Grandson',  b.  at  Perry,  N.Y.,  10  May,  1899. 
+581.  n.  William  Henry',  b.  at  Perry,  N.Y.,  25  IJ«c*»  ^831. 
583.  m.  Helen  Maria',  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  22  May,  1838;  m. 
at  Angelica,  N.Y.,  3  April,  1863,  Henry  Theodore 
Merritt,  and  res.  at  Cuba,  N.Y. 
l  Edith  Josephine  Merritt,  b.  4  July,  1863. 
n.  Carrie  Louise  Merritt,  b.  29  Aug.,  1864. 
m.  Bertha  Helen  Merritt,  b.  7  Nov.,  1869. 
IV.  WnxiAH  Henry  Merritt,  b.  4  Sept.,  1872. 

583.  IV.  George  Edwin',  b.  at  Wyoming,  Wyoming  Co.,  N.Y., 

10  June,  1842;  d.  at  Angelica,  N.Y.,  23  March,  1852. 

584.  V.  Mary  Anna',  b.  at  LeRoy,  Livingston  Co.,  N.Y.,  23 

Feb.,  1845;  unm.,  and  res.  Cuba,  N.Y. 

585.  VL  Sarah  Louise',  b.  at  Angelica,  N.Y.,  6  Nov.,  1849; 

m.  at  Middletown,  Orange  Co.,  N.Y.,  14  Oct.,  1869, 
Foster  CRedfield.  Res.  Middletown.  He  was  a  gro- 
cer and  afterward  fanner.    He  d.  in  town  of  Wall- 
kill,  Orange  Co.,  N.Y.,  3  Feb.,  1873. 
L  Charles  Ira  Redfield,  b.  at  lifiddletown, 
N.Y.,  31  Jan.,  1873.    Physician,  Middletown. 

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303.  CALVIN*  FANNING,  b.  1807,  {phafUs\  Richard^ 
Richard\  Thomas^  Edmund') 

m.  at  Avon,  Livingston  Co.,  N.Y.,  z  Nov.,  1827, 

Hannah  Matilda  Lacey, 
dau.  of  Sanford  and  Anna  Ruth  (Gilbert)  Lacey, 
and  b.  at  Manlius,  N.Y.,  14  April,  z8o6. 

Calvin  Fanning,  son  of  Charles  and  Anna  Andnis  Fan- 
ning, was  bom  in  Chenango  County,  N.  Y.,  14  May,  1807. 
He  was  a  fanner,  and  resided  at  Perry,  N.Y. 

In  early  life  when  about  aa  he  kfl^med  the  cooper's 
trade,  but  afterwards  took  to  &nning,  .which  ktter  oc- 
cupation he  followed  until  about  50  years  of  age,  when  he 
went  back  to  cooperage  again,  and  woriced  at  that  untfl 
his  death.  Hfa  two  sons,  Charles  and  Edwin,  learned 
the  trade  of  him.  He  was  captain  of  a  Lima,  N.Y.,  com- 
pany in  the  State  Militia.  He  was  not,  however,  in  ser- 
vice m  the  Rebellion. 

He  died  at  Perry,  Wyoming  Co.,  N.Y.,  20  Sept.,  x88o. 

She  died  at  Perry,  Wyoming  Co.,  N.Y.,  91  M^y,  1891. 

586.  L  Deuarquis^,  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  4  Aug.,  1S98;  d.  13 

July,  1843. 

587.  n.  Sanvokd^  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  aS  Oct.,  1833;  d.  16  Oct., 

1862;  \mm. 
.4.588.  m.  Edwin  Palmbk^  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  18  April,  1835. 
+589.  IV.  Chailbs  ADDISON^  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  8  May,  1837. 

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304.  JONATHAN*  PANNING,  b.  1809,  (CJUite* 

Xickafd\  Rkkawd\  Thomas^  Edmund^  ' 

c'  m.  at  90  Ftb^  1839, 

AbigaU  Urctta  Lacy, 
and  b.  at  Manlius,  N.Y.,  19  Juljr,  z8z5. 

Jonathan  Fanning  was  bom  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y., 
4  or  91  March,  1809,  and  was  a  fanner. 

He  went  west  in  tBjdy  life,  and  settled  in  PIttsfield 
Townshq),  Washtenaw  Co,  WdL^  three  mOes^om  Ann 
Azbor,  irfiere  he  died  X9  May,  1849. 

After  Jonathan's  death,  widow  manied  94  ^pril,  1850^ 
Rnfos  Caipenter  as  his  seoood  wife  (cousin  of  Justns  Qii^ 
.  penter,  see  No.  599),  and  resided  at  Ann  AzImt  and  Hb^ 
boRH  Mich,,  where  she  died  X9  Fd^,  z87a  AbigsQ  had 
issue  hy  Rufiis  Carpenter,  Lm  L.  Carpenter,  bom  z  7  Nov^ 
Z85Z,  residing  at  Tzcj,  MldL,  and  Aima  Maria  Carpen* 
ter,  bom  $1  Dec,  z854. 

S90.    z.  (Chikl)^  d.  young. 
59Z.  ZL  (Chikl)^  d.  young. 

599.  ZZL  JuxiA  WzLBim',  town  of  Pittsfield,  Washtenaw  Co., 
Midi.,  z  May,  Z844 ;  m.  at  Ann  Aibor,  Midi.,  30  Dec, 
Z865,  James  Pradden  Carpenter, -son  of  Justns  and 
Wealthy  (Ptams)  Carpenter.  He  was  a  soldier  in 
the  Union  Amy  at  time  of  m.  la  a  ah^pper  of  Bva 
sto^  at  Royalton,  Minn.  Res.  Ann  Azbor,  DidMm, 
Midi.,  and  near  Sank  Rapids,  Minn.  She  d.  in  tofwn* 
ship  of  Bockman,MoCTison  Cft.,Minn.,  z;  June^zSjs. 
Bur.-  Rice,  Minn.- 

Iss9t€f  iam  ai  A$m  Afhar^  Mkh^ 
z.  R08WXLL  Lmoour  CABnENisi,b.8Se|)t.,z8A7k 
iz.  John  WzLma  CAiFmiaa,  b.  zz  Feb.,  Z869. 
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305,  PALMER*  FANNING,  l».  iSio,  {Churhs\  Kulutrd\    \ 
Kiihanl^f  Thomas'^ ^  Emdiiml^) 

111.  ul  Swtxlcn,  Monroe  Co.,  N.Y.,  29  Nov.,  1843, 

Clarissa  Ann  Converse, 
clau.  of  Manning  and  Mchitablo  (Cook)  Converse, 
and  b.  at  liridgcwatcr,  N.Y.,  8  Aug.,  1822.  .  I 

Palmer  Fanning,  son  of  Charles  and  Anna  (Andrus)     i 
FanTung,  and  sixlli  in  descent  from  Edmund  Fanning,     ] 
Senior,  the  Amcriain  ancestor,  was  born   at    Preston, 
Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  28  Nov.,  1810,  and  followed  farm- 
ing all  his  life.    He  removed  from  New  York  State  in  the 
year  1853  and  located  in  the  township  of  Newton,  Cal-    \ 
houn  Co.,  Mich.  (Post  Office,  Ceresco),  where  he  resided    i 
until  his  decease,  27  Feb.,  1896. 

Widow  died  at  Newton,  iS  Feb.,  1899.    Both  buried  in 
Newton  Ccmcter)'. 

+593.    I.  AsA^  b.  at  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N.Y.,  11  Sept.,  1844. 

594.  u.  Alzina^  b.  at  Sweden,  Monroe  Co.,  N.Y.,14  Aug.,z846; 

d.  27  Feb.,  1849. 

595.  ni.  Fernando^  b.  at  Newton,  Calhoun  Co.,  Mich.,  16  Oct., 

1855;  d.  12  Dec,  1885;  unm. 

596.  IV.  SiLAS^  b.  at  Newton,  Calhoun  Co.,  Mich.,  10  May,  1837 ; 

d.  8  Nov,,  1859. 

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307.  SILAS*   FANNING,   b.    1S14,    {Charles'",  Richard*, 
Richard\  Tkoims\  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  14  Aug.,  1837  or  1838, 

Charlotte  Bridges, 
dau.  of  Samuel  and  Mary  (Bovcl)  Bridges, 
and  b.  at  Geneseo,  Livingston  Go.,  N.Y.,  23  May,  1822. 

Silas  Fanning  was  born  in  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  22 
Oct.,  1S14,  was  a  farmer  and  resided  in  the  vicinity  of 
Avon,  Livingston  Co:,  N.Y.,  until  1S68.  He  then  .settled 
at  Bangor,  Van  Burcn  Co.,  Mich.,  where  he  resided  until 
his  decease  21  Jan.,  or  17  Feb.,  1892.  Widow  then  re- 
moved to  Geneseo,  N.Y.,  and  resided  with  her  daughter, 
Mrs.  Mary  Matthews. 

+  597.       I.  James  Edward^,  b.  at  Avon,  Livingston  Co.,  N.Y., 
IS  Sept.,  1839. 
59S.     II.  Mary',  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  3  Jan.,  1841;  m.  at  Avon 
28  Dec,  1864,  Ezra  Matthews,  b.  at  A\  >n,  11  Oct., 
1832.     Both  living  in  1896  at  Geneseo,  Livingston 
Co.,  X.Y.   He  is  a  farmer.    Her  mother,  Mrs.  Silas 
Fanning,  resides  with  her. 
-f  599.    HI.  Henry  Luther',  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  29  March,  1843. 
600.    IV.  Samuel',  h. at  .\von,  N.Y.,  23  June,  1845 ;  d.  23  March, 
+601.     V.  WiLUA^ki',  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  26  Aug.,  1848. 
602.    VI.  Calvin',  b.  at  Avon,  N.Y.,  i  Oct.,  1851 ;  d.  26  March, 
+603.  VII.  George  Albert',  b.  at  Caledonia,  Livingston  Co., 

N.Y.,  9  Oct.,  1S56. 
+604.  VIII.  Charles',  b.  at  West  Avon,  N.Y.,  13  March,  1861. 

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310.  MILO«  FANNING,  b.  about   1790,  {John},  Jwnes\ 
Richard^,  Thomas\  Edmund^) 
m.  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Milo  Fanning,  son  of  John  Williams  and  Joanna 
(Nichok)  Fanning,  and  grandson  of  James  and  Sarah 
(Gilict)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  about  1790. 

Very  Kttlc  if  any  record  of  him  can  be  found  in  Con- 
necticut or  ekewhcre,  or  the  date  of  his  marriage,  or  to 
whom.  It  is  said  by  members  of  the  family  that  he 
married,  but  separated  from  his  wife,  and  went  to  Texas. 
Other  relatives  state  that  he  went  west  years  ago,  leaving 
his  family,  and  has  not  been  heard  from  since. 

Whether  he  left  issue  or  not  cannot  be  learned. 

It  is  said  there  is  a  gravestone  at  Westfield,  Mass., 
with  the  inscription  Milo  on  it,  but  research  does  not 
confirm  this  statement.  In  the  absence,  therefore,  of 
any  knowledge  received  from  the  relatives  of  his  family 
tkit  he  had  children,  it  is  surmised  that  he  left  no  issue. 

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ERASTUS-  FANNING.    1».   17c;.*,   (./«///i*,  Jimes\ 
Richard^,  Thomas '^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Canaan,  Lilchfield  Co.,  Conn.,  8  Nov.,  1818. 

Emeline  Beebe, 
dau.  of  Solomon  and  (  )  Bccbc, 

and  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  i  Aug.,  1799. 

Erastiis  Fanning  was  born  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  24  Oct., 
1792,  and  was  a  tanner,  currier,  and  shoemaker,  and  re- 
sided at  Canaan.     It  is  s:iid  he  was  in  the  Stale  Militia. 
He  d.  at  New  Hartford,  Conn.,  13  Jan.,  1864. 
Widow  died  at  New  Hartford,  Conn.,  9  May,  1SS4. 
Both  bur.  New  Hartford. 
I.  Mar^,  b.  at  North  Canaan,  Conn.,  17  Nov., 
1819;  Canaan,  18  Sept.,  1842,  Gideon  Truman 
Wheeler.    Res.  N  ;w  Hartford,  Conn.,  where  she  d. 
7  April,  1856.    Issue,  8  ch.,  six  d.  in  infancy  : 
I.  John  Edwards  Wheeler,  b.  28  Oct.,  1S43; 
m.  Mary  J.  White.    Res.  Warren,  Pa.    Was 
in  Civil  War,  1861  to  1865,  and  had  long 
and  honorable  service. 
II.  Helen  Mar  Wheeler,  b.  7  April,  1856;  m. 
Austin  Skinner,  res.  So.  Manchester,  Conn. 
II.  Caroline  Elizabeth^  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  17  May, 
1821;  Barrington,  Mass.,  2  May,  1841,  Thomas 
Austin  Sedgwick  ,  a  mechanic.    She  d.  at  Barring- 
ton,  27  May,i844.  He  d.  Bennington,N.Y.  No  issue. 
III.  Ceua  a.',  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  2  Sept.,  '23;  d.  y'u'g. 
,    IV.  James  Alonzo^,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  9  June,  1825. 
V.  Grove^,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  29  Oct.,  1828. 
VI.  Oscar  Fitch',  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  2  Feb.,  1832; 

d.  at  New  Hartford,  Conn.,  15  April,  1848;  unm. 
VII.  Lucius  Mortimer',  Barrington,  Mass.,  29  Sept., 

VIII.  George  Beebe',  b.  at  Barrington,  Mass.,  31  Jan., 

1841;  d.  at  New  Hartford,  Conn.,  14  Sept.,  1848. 

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3x4.  HIRAM*  FANNING,  b.  180/1,  {John^,  James*, 

Rk/Mfd*,  Tlumuis^f  Edmund^) 
m.  zsty  at 

Mary  Lyons, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 
She  d.  at 
He  m.  ady  at 

Prances  Knickerbockert 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Hinun  Fanning,  smi  of  John  Williams  and  Joanna 
(Nichols)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Sheffield,  Mass.,  in  May, 
1804.  He  was  a  shoemaker  by  trade,  and  resided  in 
Salisbury,  Conn. 

He  died  at  his  nephew's  John  Asaph  Fanning  (No. 
613)  in  Winchester,  Conn.,  24  Dec.,  1888.  Buried  in 

The  date  of  decease  of  Frances  Knickerbocker  Fan- 
ning is  unobtainable,  but  it  is  supposed  she  died  previous 
to  her  husband.    No  issue  is  found  recorded. 

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3x5.  JOHN  JAMES*  FANNING,  b.  1810,  (/oA«»,  Jam€s\ 
Ricliari},  Thomas\  Edmund^) 

m.  at  New  Hartford,  Conn.,  20  Jan.,  1834, 

Rachel  Brooks, 
dau.  of  Asaph  Biidsall  and  Abigail  (Hatch)  Brooks, 
and  b.  at  Winchester,  Conn.,  9  Sept.,  18x3. 

J(rim  James  Fanning  was  bom  at  Sheffield,  Mass.,  7 
May,  x8xo;  was  a  fanner  and  resided  at  Winchester, 
Conn.,  where  he  died,  and  was  buried  29  Sept.,  1878. 
She  died  at  Winchester,  Conn.,  20  Feb.,  1874. 
6x3.    L  Frances^  b.  at  Winchester,  Conn.,  29  Oct,  1834;  m. 
at  Winchester,  Conn.,  in  Fall  of  i860,  Charles  New- 
ton of  New  Milford,  Conn.   She  died  chikiless  4  Aug., 
+614.  II.  John  Asaph',  b.  at  Winchester,  Conn.,  10  March,  X839. 

615.  HL  Henky',  b.  at  Winchester,  Conn.,  2  Jan.,  1846.     He 

never  m.    Res.  at  Canaan,  ConxL,  with  his  sister. 

616.  IV.  Hamuet  Janette^  b.  at  Winchester,  Conn.,  20  July, 

1849;  m.  at  Winchester,  20  May,  1875,  Albert  Alonsso 
Hubbard,  b.  at  Sandisfield.  Mass.,  2x  Oct.,  X849.  ^^ 
is  a  raikoad  employee,  and  res.  at  Canaan,  Conn. 
Was  Representative  m  the  Conn.  Legislature  from 
Canaan  in  1893. 

L  John  Fanning  Hxtbbasd,  b.  at  Canaan,  Conn., 
23  July,  1883. 

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316.  EDWARD*  FANNING. b.  1812, (John\James\  Rich- 
ard\  Thonias\  Edmund^) 
m.  1st.  at 

Mary  Dean. 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

She  d.  at  Sheffield.  Mass.,  in  1842  at  birth  of  her  son 
Edward,  who  afterward  gave  his  h'fc  for  his  country. 
He  m.  2d.  at  Sandisfield.  Mass..  8  March.  1834. 

Mary  Elvira  Shepard. 
dau.  of  John  and  Lucy  (Phelps)  Shepard. 
and  b.  at  Russell.  Hampden  Co..  Mass..  31  Dec..  1832. 

Edward  Fanning  was  bom  at  Salisbury.  Litch&cld  Co.. 
Conn.,  1$  May,  1812,  and  was  a  farmer.  WTien  of  age, 
he  removed  to  New  York  State,  where  he  married,  and 
afterward  resided  in  Sheffield.  Mass.  After  his  second 
marriage,  he -lived  at  Sandisfield,  Mass.,  Monterey,  Otis, 
Becket,  Blandford,  and  Westfieki. 

Edward  Fanning  was  blind  about  five  years.  His  eye 
was  injured,  and  was  removed  to  save  the  sight  of  the 
other  eye.  but  without  success. 

He  died  intestate  at  Wcstfield.  Mass..  28  Aug.,  1S94. 
His,  son  Burton  Phelps,  was  appointed  administrator  of 
his  estate  by  the  Probate  Court  at  Springfiekl,  3  Oct., 
1S94.    Widow  resides  at  North  Blandford,  Mass  (1904). 
Issue  by  wije  Mary : 
617.    I.  Edward  MILO^  b.  at  1842.    Was  in  the 

Civil  War.   He  enlisted  as  private  in  Company  C.  8th 
Regiment.  Conn.  Volunteers.    He  had  typhoid  fever, 
and  before  fully  recovered,  against  his  doctor's  ad- 
vice, marched  with  his  regiment,  and  was  taken  with 
rekipse,  and  d.  in  hospital  of  diphtheria;  unm. 
+618.  n.  BuKTON  PHELPS^  Sandisfield, Mass.,  3  June,  1855. 
619.  III.  Marshall  Duett^  b.  at  Monterey,  Afass.,  18  Dec. 
1856;  d.  in  July,  1S58. 

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318.  CHESTER   GRISWOLD*    FANNING,  I).  179.1, 
{Orawef^,  James\  Richard^ ^  Thomas^,  Edmund^) 
m.  at  Aurora,  Cayuga  Co.,  N.Y.,  4  Feb.,  1818, 

Lucy  Geer  Kimball^ 
dau.  of  Chester  and  Lucy  (Satterlec)  Kimball, 
and  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  25  Aug.,  1791. 

Chester  Griswold  Fanning  was  born  at  Pittsficld,  Mass., 
30  June,  1794.  He  was  in  the  War  of  181 2,  and  one  of 
the  volunteers  who  marched  from  Pittsficld  to  Boston  in 
1S14.  After  the  war,  rem.  to  Buffalo,  N.Y.,  and  also 
res.  in  Owasco,  Aurora,  Scipio,  and  Venice,  N.Y.,  and 
while  there  was  appointed  keeper  of  Auburn  State  Prison 
about  1824.  In  1844  secured  the  contract  of  the  Prison 
Cooper  Shop/  at  expiration  of  which  he  went  into  tho 
cooper  business  on  his  own  account  at  Camillus,  N.Y. 
The  last  year  of  his  life.he  resided  with  his  son,  Gurdon, 
at  Auburn,  N.Y.,  where  he  died  20  April,  1877,  his  wife 
dying  previously  at  Auburn,  15  July,  1869.  Buried  Fort 
Hill  Cemetery,  Auburn. 

+620.      I.  EusHA  Kimball",  b.  at  Scipio,  N.Y.,  19  June,  1S19. 
+621.     II.  CiLVRLES  Oramel\  b.  at  Scipio,  N.Y.,  30  Oct.,  1821. 
622.    m.  Lucy  Eliz.\^  b.  at  Venice,  N.Y.,  17  Nov.,  1823;  m. 
at  Hartford,  Conn.,  15  July,  1846,  George  Skinner, 
a  railroad  superintendent,  b.  at  Manchester,  Conn., 
20  May,  1825.    He  d.  at  Rome,  Ga.,  i  Oct.,  1889. 
Wid.  res.  Auburn,  N.Y,    Issue,  Mary  Eliza  Skin- 
ner, b.  23  July,  1849. 
+623.    IV.  George  Washixcton^,  b.  at  Jerusalem,  Yates  Co., 

N.Y.,  29  March,  1826. 
+624.     V.  James  McKxiGHT',  Auburn,N.Y.,  21  Dec.,  1S28. 
625.    VI.  Sarah  Henrietta^  b.  at  Auburn,  N.Y.,  5  July,  183 1. 
d.  at  Auburn,  2  Jan.,  i886;  unm. 
+  626.  v\i.  Chester  Frederick',  b.  at  Auburn,  N.Y.,  20  May, 

+  627.  \iii  GuRDOKSATTERLEE^b. at  Auburn,  N.Y.,  6  Feb.,  1838. 

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319.  FREDERICK*  FANNING, h.  1796, (On/w/c/*,/ii;w«\ 
Nil  hardly  'J'ltoirji^,  lidmiind^) 
m.  al  New  York,  N.Y'., 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Frederick  Fani'ir.-iT,  son  of  Onimcl  and  Sylvia  (Crofoot) 
Fanning,  was  ben  at  rillsfield,  Mass.,  13  June,  1796. 

lie  scltletl  111  Xc'A  York  City,  and  married  there,  it  is 
said,  into  one  of  the  old  Dutch  families,  and  raised  a  fam- 
ily of  children  who  have  been  lost  track  of. 

A  Frederick,  probably  the  above,  is  found  in 
the  New  Y'ork  C::y  "  Directory"  for  the  years  1826,  1827, 
182S,  and  1829,  vi  in  accountant  at  No.  515  Broome  St. 
and  No.  67  Grter:e  St.  The  names  Frederick  and 
Frederick  H.  FL-ming  appear  also  in  later  years  in  the 
"Directory,"  1855  :j  i860,  but  there  h  no  proof  that 
they  were  iden:::at  witli  the  above  Frederick  Fanning 
(No.  319).  The  Jrederick  H.  Fanning  referred  to  was 
probably  Frederick  Hazen  Fanning,  No.  399,  son  of  Amos 
and (Ki^en)  Fanning.     (See  data  under  No. 


He  died,  it  is  sJ.i,  while  on  a  sea  voyage  for  his  health, 
off  the  coast  of  Newfoundland.  There  seems  to  be  no 
record  of  his  chiliren,  if  he  luid  issue,  or  if  there  is,  it  is 
unolitainable  at  the  pan»ent  lime. 

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321.  CHARLES  ORAMEL*  FANNING,  b.  1800,  {Or- 
amel^,  James\  Richard^,  Thomas\  Edmuftd^) 

m.  at  Windsor,  Berkshire  Co.,Mass.,i8  March,  1824, 

Fidelia  Holbrook, 
dau.  of  Gen.  Amos  and  (  )  Holbrook, 

and  b.  at  Windsor,  Mass.,  4  Dec,  1803. 

Charles  Oramcl  Fanning  was  born  at  Pittsfield,  Mass., 
18  Nov.,  iSoo.*    He  was  a  tanner,  ship-owner,  and  lum- 
ber dealer,  and  resided  at  Amherst  and  Bangor,  Me.,  and 
Cottage  Grove,  Minn. 
She  died  at  Cottage  Grove,  Minn.,  18  Dec,  1878. 
He  died  at  Cottage  Grove,  Minn.,  4  Sept.,  1888. 
Issue  : 
I.  Mary  Elizabeth", b. at  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  18  June,  1826; 
m.  at  Amherst,  Me.,  in  1855,  Rev.  Edwin  Hart,  a 
Congregational  minister.    Res.  Merrimac,  N.H.,  and 
Cottage  Grove,  Minn.    No  issue. 
II.  Fidelia  Holbrook^  b.  at  Amherst,  Me.,  23  June, 
1S34;  m.  at  Amherst,  13  April,  1853,  Gen.  Samuel 
Harriman;  he  was  a  lumberman.     Res.  Wisconsin. 
Was  in  the  37th  Wis.  Regt.,  and  Brigadier-General 
in  the  Army  of  the  Potomac,  Civil  War. 
She  d.  at  Cottage  Grove,  Minn.,  19  Dec,  1889. 
He  d.  at  Hot  Springs,  Ark.,  28  Aug.,  1897. 

I.  Charles  Fanning  Harriman,  b.  at  Bangor, 

Me.,  10  Sept.,  1855;  d.  15  Nov.,  1863. 
II.  Mary  Frances  Harriman,  b.  at  Somerset, 
Wis.,  8  May,  1863;  m.  at  Cottage  Grove, 
Minn.,  26  June,  1889,  Cordenio  Arnold  Sev- 
erance, a  lawyer.  Res.  St.  Paul,  Minn.,  and 
had  issue  one  child,  Alexandra,  who  d.  inf'c'y. 
+  630.  III.  Charles  EDWIN^  Sand  Bank,N.Y.,  12  July,i835. 



*  From  Family  Bible.     Pittsfield  Records  read,  •♦  24  Nov.,  iSoo." 

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Sixth  Generation  389 

322.  ALBERT  GALLATIN*  FANNING,  b.  1803,  (Ow- 
we/*,  James*,  Richard^,  Thomas*^  Edmund^) 
m.  xst,  at 

clau.  of 
and  b.  at 
She  d.  at 
He  m.  2d,  at 

daii.  of 
and  b.  at 
She  d.  at 
He  m.  3d,  at  Grafton  or  Elyria,  O., 

Hannah , 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Albert  Gallatin  Fanning,  son  of  Capt.  Oramel  and 
Sylvia  (Crofoot)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Pittsfield,  Mass., 
8  March,  1S03.* 

He  was  a  tinsmith  by  trade,  and  settled  in  Grafton,  O., 
where  he  had  a  shop,  and  where  his  mother,  who  had 
married  David  Ashley,  resided  also. 

He  died  at  Grafton,  O.,  about  1858  or  1S60. 

Between  i860  and  1862,  the  widow  married  Hcnrj' 
Rickert,  and  moved  to  Liverpool,  O. 
Issue  {ofte  child  only): 
631.  I.  Theodore^  b.  at  ;  d.  soon  after  1858  or  i860. 

*  On  2  Feb.,  1S19,  Uriah  Judd,  Jr.,  of  Lenox,  Mass.,  was  appointed 
**  guardian  of  Albert  G.  Fanning,  over  14  years  of  age,  son  of  Capt.  Oramel 

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390  History  of  the  Farming  Family 

323.  JAMES  GATLIFF*  FANNING,  b.  uSo6,  {Onmd\ 
James*y  Richard^,  Thomas^,  lulmnnd^) 

in.  at  New  Orleans,  La.,  25  July,  1849, 

Elizabeth  Bell  Clark, 
dau.  of  and  Janet  (Bell)  Clark, 

and  b.  at  Edinburgh,  Scotland,  22  Feb.,  1828. 

James  CallilT  Fanning,  was  born  at  PillsrieUl,  Mass., 
31  Jan.,  1806.  Early  in  life  he  went  to  New  Orleans  to 
live,  and  married  Elizabeth  Bell  Clark,  from  Edinburgh, 
Scotland.  There  he  was  editor  of  the  "Louisiana 
Statesman."  He  resided  in  New  Orleans  thirty  years, 
and  then  settled  in  Texas,  where  he  lived  thirty  yciirs, 
and  followed  farming. 

She  died  at  Rancho,  Texas,  20  Sept.,  1866. 

He  died  at  Rancho,  Texas,  16  June,  18S6. 
Issue : 

632.  I.  HzxRiETT.^^,  b.  at  New  Orleans,  La.,  23  Feb.,  1851; 

d.  2  June,  1S51. 

633.  II.  Jessie  GiLiroaE^,  b.  at  New  Orleans,  La.,  i   Nov., 

1852;  d.  31  Aug.,  1855. 

634.  III.  Elizabeth  Warren^  b.  at  New  Orleans,  La.,  about 

1854.     Res.  at  St.   Paul,  Minn.,  where   she   is   a 
teacher  of  the  piano;  unm. 

635.  IV.  Sylma  Bell',  b.  at  New  Orleans,  La.,  29  Feb.,  1856; 

d.  16  March,  1856. 

636.  V.  James  GATLIFF^  b.  at  Rancho,  Te.vas,  24  Feb.,  1857; 

d.  10  March,  1837. 

637.  VI.  Frederick  Charles',  b.  at  Rancho,  Texas,  14  Aug., 

1858;  d.  10  Jan.,  1870. 

638.  vii.  Mary  Gilmore',  b.  at  Rancho,  Texas,  about  i860. 

Res.  at  St.  Paul,  Minn.,  and  is  a  teacher  in  the 
High  School;  unm. 

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39 » 

327.  JOSHUA'  FANNING,  b.  1774,  {Wnlttr^,  ThoHMs*, 
John*,  John*,  Edmund*) 

m.  ist. 


duu.  of 

and  b.  at 

She  d.  at 

He  111. 




about  1840, 
Mrs.  Anna  Allen  Howland, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 
and  widow  of  Thomas  Howland. 

She  d.  at  West  Seneca,  N.Y.,  at  her  son  Weston  How- 
land's,  or  in  Ohio,  at  her  dau.'s,  in  1861,  a. 
over  90. 

Joshua  Fanning,  son  of  Walter  and  Grace  (Benjamin) 
Fanning,  .was  bom  at  Preston,  Conn.,  13  Aug.,  1774. 
He  removed  with  his  parents  to  New  York  State  after 
the  Revolutionary  War. 

He  was  of  Norwich,  Chenango  Co.,  N.Y.,  in  1804,  and 
1808,  and  of  Collins,  Erie  Co.,  N.Y.,  in  1847  (wife  Ann), 
and  lived  near  the  place  now  called  Lawton's  Station, 
He  removed  to  Ohio  previous  to  1850,  and,  it  is  said, 
died  at  Buffalo,  N.Y. 

Issue  by  Tracy  marriage  : 

639.  I.  (Daughter'.) 

640.  II.  (Daughter'.) 

641.  III.  (Daughter^) 

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328.  BENJAMIN* FANNING, b.  1776, {Walter^ Thomas', 
John^,  John^,  Edmund^) 

m.  ist,  at  about  1801, 

'    Christina  Dies, 
dau.  of  Alathew  and  Eve  (Van  Loan)  Dies, 
and  b.  at  Bristol,  Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y.,  i  Sept.,  1784. 

She  d.  at  Broome,  N.Y.,  (now  Gilboa),  10  Aug.,  1816. 
Bur.  Gilboa. 

He  m.  2d,  at  Slrykcrsville,  N.Y., 

Mrs.  Mary  Simmons  Rickerson, 
dau.  of 

and  formerly  wife  of  Guillcrmo  Rickerson, 
and  b.  at  31  May,  1773. 

She  d.  at  29  Sept.,  1837.    Bur.  Gilboa,  N.Y. 

He  m.  3d,  at  in  May,  1838, 

Agnes  Maria  Albert!, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at  7  July,  1792. 

Benjamin  Fanning  was  bom  at  Preston,  Conn.,  30 
Aug.,  1776,  and  removed  with  his  parents  soon  after  the 
Revolutionary  War  to  New  York  State.  He  resided  in 
Gilboa,  Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y.,  where  his  occupation  was 
that  of  milling.  The  town  was  originally  Bristol,  and  re- 
named Broome  about  iSio,  and  later  Gilboa. 

He  died  at  Conesville,  N.Y.,  28  Dec,  1841,  aged  65 
years,  3  months,  29  days.    Buried  at  Gilboa. 

She  d.  at  10  Dec.,  1878.    Bur.  at  Manor  Kill, 

Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y. 

Issue : 
642. 1.  Julia  Ann\  b.  at  Bristol,  N.Y.,  30  June,  1803;  m.  at 

Broome,  N.Y.,  in  1823,  Miles  Eggleston. 
She  d.  childless,  at  Broome,  N.Y.,  5  March,  1827, 

a.  23  yrs.     He  d.  at  Jcffci-son,  Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y., 

about  1884. 

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643.  iL  IIauuet',  b.  at  Bristol,  N.Y.,  22  Nov.,  1805;  m.  at 
ConesviUe,  N.Y.,  x6  Oct,  1822,  Peter  H.  Richtmyer, 
b.  ConesviUe,  xo  Aug.,  1797.  Was  a  miller,  tanner, 
and  farmer,  and  d.  at  Gilboa,  N.Y.,  33  April,  1893. 
Wid.  d.  9  Sept,  1894. 

Issue  ham  at  ConesvUIe^  N.Y. : 
L  BENjAimi  F.  RiCBncYZR,  b.  17  Jan.,  1824;  m. 

Selina  Vanater.    Res.  Jackson,  Cat 
n.  EuzA  Jane  Ricbiicyzr,  b.  and  d.  $  Mar.,  1826. 
IXL  John  D.  Ricrtmyes,  b.  8  May,  1827;  d.  New 

York  Gty,  27  May,  1865. 
zv.  Stephen  T.  RiCHiifYER,  b.  17  May,  1829. 

Res.  Perris,  San  Diego  Co.,  CaL 
V.  Mart  Ann  RiCHncYEt,  b.  30  Aug.,  1831;  d. 

18  March,  1832. 
VI.  Nelson  RiCHiifYEE,  b.  x6  Feb.,  1833;  d.  7 

Oct,  1835. 
vn.  Nelson  H.  RiCHncYEt,  b.  3  June,  X83S;  m. 

Navini  Bi.  Case.    Res.  Coxsackie,  N.Y. 
vm.  Peibr  W.  RiCHiiCYEt,  b.  zz  Nov.,  1838;  nu 
Jemima  Grand.    Res.  Gilboa,  N.Y. 
IX.  Mahy  C.  Rigbtkyxr,  b.  27  June,  1841;  m. 

Adelbert  Gaylord.    She  d.  x  Oct.,  i888. 
X.  Eliza  Jane  RiCHncyEi,  b.  15  July,  1843;  °^* 
Albert  Sklney  Thomas.   She  d.  28  May,  1877. 
XL  RxvnxEW  RjCBXicysR,  b.  zi  Oct,  1845;  m. 

Veniola  Wmis.    Res.  Gilboa,  N.Y. 
XII.  Haseist  RiCBXinrxE,  b.  9  May«  1848;  nu 

Woodford  Gaylord.    Res.  Gilboa,  N.Y. 
xm.  JxjUA  RiCBXinrxE,  b.  24  Nov.,  1849;  °^  ^* 
ward  Brand.    Res.  GOboa,  N.  Y. 
+644*  m.  Nel&)N^  b.  at  Bristol,  N.Y.,  14  Feb.,  1808. 
645.  IV.  EuzA  Janb^  b.  at  Broome,  N.Y.,  2  Aug.,  1810;  d.  8 
Sept.,  x8i2.    • 

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sag.  THOMAS*  FANNING,  b.  1778,  (IFattif\  Thmiin\ 

— ^—  Bottsfeidt 
dan.  of 

Thomas  Faaniiig  was  bom  at  Freslon,  Coon.,  6  Sept,  ; 
1778,  and  lanoved  with  his  parents  whsn  a  Toong  man 
to  New  YoriL  State,  and  lived  at  Blenhrim,  Sdiohaik 
Coon^,  in  that  pait  which  was  in  hter  feais  lenamad 
Gilboa.  Smnrttnif  after  z8zs  he  disappeared,  and  it  is 
not  known  wliat  became  of  him.  Thoofl^  to  ha^e  been 

646.  L  Cathabiiii?,  b.  at  Blenheim,  Schohazie  Co^  N.Y.,  6 
Aug.,  1806;  m.  at  Gilboa,  N.Y.,  4  Nov.,  1897,  Benja- 
min Davis,  son  of  Benjamin  and  Susannah  ffiina 
(CoggeshaH)  Davis,  b.  at  Wicfcfocd,  RX,  8  Jaa^  z8os'; 
a  mcrdiant.  Res.  Providence,  RX,  where  he  d.  zo 
Nov.,  z868.    Wid.  d.  there  z  July,  Z873. 

/xn»,  six  Gilbaa,  N.Y.; 
ikne  eh.  ai  Premdemu^  RJ. 
L  Naihah  SmxH  Kxxn  Davzs,  b.  zz  Marcht 
Z8S9;  m.  Annie  Elia  Case.     Mezdiantf 
Providcnoe,RX   Sergeant  Ca*E,zoth  Reg. 
RJ.  Vols.,  z86s,  hi  Civil  War.  Issue:  Waller 
..  Ellwood  and  Arthur  WelHngton  Davis, 
zz.  Damzzl  Bates  Davzs,  b.  Z4  Sept,  Z83Z;  m. 
AbUe  PedL  Mardn  of  Wazxen,  RX;  was  a 
jeweller.    Res.  Providence,  RX,  where  he 
d.  sz  June,  Z898.    Issue,  one  dan.,  deceased, 
zn.  Caxhabzhx  Fanmzno  Davzs,  b.  6  Dec,  Z833; 
m.   Rev.  ^mniam  Henrj  Shedd,  a  Baptirt; 
mhikter.  Res.  Nordi  Oxford  and  Wahham,^ 
Mass.,  and  Providence,  RX  Issue,  Ihzee  ck. 

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IV.  Ki.i/Aiii-rrii  Rkai)  Davis,  1).  15  July,  iSjfr.m. 

lion.  Fnincis  VViiyluiid  Miner,  an  atl'y-at- 
law,  Providence,  K.I.  Ifc  was  on  Gov.'s 
stiifT,  Civil  War,  Rep.  General  Assembly  of 
R.I.,  12  years,  and  speaker  of  House,  1862. 
Issue,  five  ch. :  Susan  Miner,  Francis  Way- 
land  Miner,  and  three  who  d.  young. 

V.  Son  b.  and  d.  same  day. 

VI.  Susan  Himes  Davis,  b.  4  Jan.,  1S40;  m.  Rev. 
Granville  Sharpe  Abbott,  D.D.,  a  Baptist 
minister.    Res.  Oakland,  Gal.,  where  he  d. 
22  Nov.,  1897.    Issue,  three  ch.:  Granville 
Davis  Abbott,  a  railroad  supt.,  res.  Palisade, 
Ncv.;  Carl  Hcwes  Abbott,  an  alt'y-at-law, 
San  Francisco,  Cal.,  and   Philip  Fanning 
Abbott,  a  physician,  at  San  Francisco,  Cal. 
\Ti.  James  S.abin  Davis,  b.  17  May,  1842;  m. 
Harriet  Porter  of  RutLind,  Vt.    Res.  Prov- 
idence, R,I.    Issue,  two  ch.:  .-Mice  Lockwood 
and  Katharine  Maud  Davis,  both  m.  and 
res.  in  Providence, 
vm.  Mark  Benjamin  Davis,  b.  10  Sept.,  1844;  m. 
Mary  Louise  Church  of  Passaic,  N.J.    Res. 
New  York  City. 
IX.  Abby  Irene  Davis,  b.  16  Jan.,  1S47;  d.  17 
Feb.,  1851. 
+647.  II.  Charles^  b.  at  Blenheim,  Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y.,  7  Dec, 

+648.  ui.  BoTTSFORD^,  b.  at  Blenheim,  Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y.  (after 
May,  1809). 
649.  IV.  Maria',  b.  at  .    She  m.,  it  is  said,  and  was 

res.  in  New  York  City  at  last  accounts.     No  record. 
-f-650.   V.  Asa',  b.  at  Esp)erance,  Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y.,  28  Jan., 

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332,  JOHN*  FANNING, b.  1783,  {Walter^  Thonias\  Jokn\ 
John^,  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Gilboa,  N.Y.,  25  Oct.,  1810, 

Experience  Hall, 
dau.  of 

and  b.  in  Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y.,  29  Feb.,  1790  [some  de- 
scendants claim  she  was  b.  9  Feb.,  17S3]. 

John  Fanning  was  born  at  Preston,  Conn.,  1  Aug.,  1783* 
and  removed  with  his  parents  in  his  youth  to  Blenheim, 
Schoharie  Co.,  N.Y.    He  was  a  farmer  and  shoemaker, 
and  lived  near  Schoharie  Village  in  the  north  part  of 
Schoharie  County. 
He  d.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  14  Feb.,  1862. 
She  d.  at  Schoharie,  X.Y.,  7  April,  1880. 
Issue : 
631.     I.  ANTOINETTE^  b.  at  Schoharic,  N.Y.,  25  June,  1812;  m. 
'1st,  at  Schoharie,  19  June,  1843,  William  Patrick,  a 
farmer.      Res.  Delavan,  Wis.,  where  he  d.  7  Aug., 
1855.    Wid.  m.  2d,  Ira  Potter,  but  without  issue.    SIic 
d.  near  Delavan,  9  Aug.,  1896. 

Issue  by  Patrick  marriage,  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.: 
Levi,  Wealthy  A.,  Mary  Esther,  and  John  Fanning 
4-652.  n.  IForace',  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  29  May,  1815. 

653.  III.  ELiZAnF:Tii^  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  26  Nov.,  1818;  m. 

at  Troy,  N.Y.,  17  April,  1852,  Abram  Fowler,  a 
farmer.  Res.  Brunswick,  N.Y.,  and  Pownal  Center, 
Vt.  She  Is  deceased.  Issue,  Lovina  Fanning  Fowler,  b. 
15  April,  1855. 

654.  IV.  Phoebe',  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  12  Sept.,  1820;*  m. 

at  Schoharic,  N.Y.,  26  May,  1839,  Joseph  F.  Ketch- 
um,  a  carpenter.  He  d.  at  Harpersville,  N.Y.,  12 
Dec,  1886.    Widow  res.  at  Coventry villc,  N.Y. 

This  is  according  to  the  old  family  Bible.    She  says  12  Dec.,  1S19. 

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V.  Wealthy  Anm',  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  16  Oct.,  1822;* 

m.  at  Gilboa,  N.Y.,  26  Sept.,  1846,  William  G.  Lau* 
dcr,  a  blacksmith,  and  res.  at  Winficld,  la.,  where 
he  d.  30  June,  x8S6.  Wid.  d.  in  Aug.,  1896.  Issue, 
Herman  J.  and  John  W.  Lauder. 

VI.  Edwin^  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  5  Aug.,  1824. 

vn.  Nancy',  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  25  Aug.,  1826;  ra.  at 
Schoharie,  N.Y.,  4  June,  1848,  David  Lawyer,  a  wagon 
maker.  Res.  at  Schoharie,  where  she  d.  15  Aug., 
1869.  He  d.  19  June,  1896.  Issue:  Experience  Fan- 
ning, Christopher  John,  Elizabeth,  Mary  E.,Christina, 
Lavma,  and  Emma  C.  Lawyer. 

VIII.  ALinRA^  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  29  Oct.,  1829;  m.  at 
Schoharie,  N.Y.,  al)out  i860,  Charles  Moisture,  a 
farmer,  and  res.  at  Seward,  N.Y.,  where  she  d.  in 
Sept.,  1896.  Issue:  David,  Benjamin,  Ralph,  Ells- 
worth, and  John  Moisture. 
IX.  Lavina",  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  22  Feb.,  1832;  m.  at 
Schoharie,  N.Y.,  12  Dec,  1855,  William  A.  Dietz,  a 
farmer,  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  14  Nov.,  1818,  where 
they  res.  and  where  he  d.  i  Sept.,  1S64.  Wid.  was 
living  in  1897.  Issue:  William  Henry,  John  Fanning, 
Elizabeth,  Delilah,  and  Isaac  Dietz. 
X.  Benjamin^  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  5  Feb.,  1833. 
XI.  AuREUA^,  b.  at  Schoharie,  N.Y.,  16  Sept.,  1834;  m. 
at  Troy,  N.Y.,  in  1864,  William  Trcddlemycr,  a 
farmer,  b.  at  Seward,  N.Y.,  where  ihcy  res.,  and 
where  he  d.  about  1S71.'  Only  cii.  Lillie,  who  m. 
her  cousin,  Ralph  Moisture. 

xn.  LiDA  Ann',  b.  at  Scholiarie,  N.Y.,  4  July,  1839;  m.  at 
Schoharie,  N.Y.,  10  Nov.,  1857,  William  Getter,  a 
farmer,  and  res.  at  Central  Bridge,  N.Y.,  where  he 
d.  20  Feb.,  1893.    Issue:  William,  Anna,  and  Frank. 

•  This  is  according  to  the  o!d  family  Bible.    Slie  says  16  Nov.,  iSzj. 

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398  History  of  the  Fanning  Family 

334.  FREDERICK*    FANNING,    k    17KS,         (IIW/tT*. 
Thomas^,  John^,  Johpr,  Edmund^) 

ni.  at  Cape  Vincent,  N.Y.,  in  March,  181 1, 

Hannah  Davis, 
<lau.  of  Richunl  and  (Mabcc)  Davis, 

and  b.  at  Wolf  Island,  Onlaiio,  Canada,  26  April,  1789. 

I'Yodorick  I'anninj^  was  born  at  Preston,  Conn.,  22 
March,  1788.  Wlicn  a  child  his  parents  removed  from 
Connecticut,  and  located  in  Blenheim,  Schoharie  Co.,N.  Y., 
from  whence  when  he  grew  up  he  removed  to  Kingston, 
Canada,  and  then  located  on  Wolf  Island,  opposite  King- 
ston; that  was  before  the  War  of  1812.  He  resided  there 
during  the  war,  drawing  lumber  and  farming.  He  then 
removed  to  the  Township  of  Sidney,  District  of  Hastings, 
purchasing  a  farm  of  325  acres,  and  built  and  carried  on 
a  tannery  for  many  years.  He  also  ran  a  Durham  boat 
from  Belleville  to  Montreal. 

He  d.  in  the  Township  of  Sidney,  District  of  Hastings 
(near  Belleville),  Ontario,  Canada,  12  April,  1854,  a.  66 
yrs.  20  ds.    Bur.  in  Sidney. 

Wid.  d.  at  Chcbanse,  III.,  22  April,  1874.    Bur.  in 
Evergreen  Cemetery,  Chebansc. 
Issue  : 
+663.      I.  Hexry^  b.  at  Wolf  Island,  Ont.,  Canada,  14  Feb., 


+664.     n.  George^,  b.  at  Wolf  Island,  Ont.,  Canada,  10  Oct., 
66$.    III.  Charles^,  b.  at  W^olf  Island,  Ont.,  Canada,  a  Feb., 

i8i7;d.  II  Nov.,  1825. 
666.    IV.  James^,  b.  at  Wolf  Island,  Ont.,  Canada,  2  Feb.,  18 1 7 ; 
d.  8  Oct.,  1820. 
+  667.     V.  John  Benjamin',  b.  at  Wolf  Island,  Ont.,  Canada  ,14 

March,  182 1. 
-f66S.    VI.  IsAAC^  b.  at  Sidney,  Ont.,  Canada,  26  Oct.,  1823. 

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Sixth  GeneraHan  399 

+669.  VII.  David  Frki>krick\  b.  at  Siclncy,  Ont.»  Canada,  36 
OcL,  1823. 
670.  vni.  Susannah'  (or  Susan  Ann^,  b.  at  Sidney,  Ont,  Can- 
ada, 9  June,  1826;  m.  at  BcIleviUe,  Out,  Canada,  9 
July,  X848,  John  F.  Heagle,  a  farmer  and  agricultu- 
rist.   Res.  Kankakee,  IQ. 

Issue^  horn  gi  Sidney  : 
V  Hannah  Ellen  Heaglk,  b.  z6  April,  1849; 
m.  in  Kankakffe  Ca,  IlL,  15  Sept,  1872,  Si- 
mon P.  Delay,  a  farmer.    They  reside  at  Alta, 
n.  Saxah Eliza  Heagle,  b.  25  June,  z8sz;  m.  in 
Chebanse,  IIL,  15  Feb.,  1871,  James  Delay,  a 
former.    Res. Chebanse, IIL    ShedzoDec, 
m.  Chaelbs  Alva  Heagle,  b.  15  Jan.,  1855;  m. 
in  Kankakee  Ca,  IIL,  zo  Feb.,  z88o,  Minnie 
Sophia  lina    He  is  a  fiurmer  in  Iroquois  Co., 


IV.  Edith  Ascena  Heagle,  b.  25  Aug;,  2861;  m. 
in  Kankakffe  Co.,  IIL,  5  Jan.,  1882,  William 
Eugoie  Mcintosh,  a  farmer,  and  res.  Kan- 
kakee Co.,  BL 
+671.    DC.  Svlvestsr^  b.  at  Sidney,  Ont,  Canada,  4  Nov.,  1828. 
672.     X.  Sabah  Grace',  b.  Sulney,  Ont.,  Canada,  16  Oct, 
1831; m.  at  Sidney,  Hugh  Wallace.    Shed,  at  Belle- 
ville, Ont.,  Canada,  6  June,  1885. 
L  Annie  Lillian  Wallace,  b.  at  Sidney,  2  July, 
1858;  m.  at  MeadviUe,  Penn.,  i  Jan.,  1880^ 
Chailes  Mclntyre  of  Ashawa,  Canada,  where 
they  reside, 
n.  Hannah  Clasistte  Wallace,  b.  at  Sidney, 
28  Aug^  i860.    Resides  at  Belleville,  Ont, 

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400  History  o/the  Fanning  Family 

339.  HENRY*  PANNING,  b.  z77St  (CJkurfcf  ^  T}umaM\ 

m.  at  Watexfovd,  N.Y^  24  Nonr^  1804, 

Maria  Ketcfaum, 
dan.  of  Cot  Hnrkiah  and  Mazj  (Badow)  i^^*-i*im^ 
and  b.  at  Waterfovd,  N.Y.,  6  June,  1786. 

Henzy  Fanning  was  bom  in  PreslOQ,  Conn^  ax  Fd>.y 
1775,  in  tbat  part  whidi  was  aftoward  let  off  to  fonn  the 
new  town  of  Griswold  in  z8zs*  He  settled  in  Waterfonl, 
N. Y.,  and  was  a  merchant  there  many  Tears,  but  remofed 
to  New  Yoi^  City  before  1830,  where  he  was  alsoin  busi- 
nesB  for  some  time,  but  met  with  RfrerKS  about  1837. 
About  Z843-4  be  was  Inq>ector  of  CustomSy  and  was  Rsid* 
ing  in  Bzooklyn.  He  was  a  member  of  the  Episcopal 
Churchy  and  for  years  a  veslijpuian  of  Chzisfs  Chnrdiy 
New  York  City.  In  politics  he  was  a  Whig,  and  Hcwy 
Oay  was  his  ideal  statesman.  He  was  tall,  ttzaight,  and 
spare  of  flesh,  social  in  disposition. 

He  d.  at  Brooklyn,  N.Y.,  3Z  Aug.,  Z858.  Bur.  in  New 

She  d.  at  NewariL,  N.J.,  Z7  Aug.,  Z863.  Bur.  in  New 
York  City. 

673.  I,  Chaiud^,  b.  27  Nov.,  z8os;  d.  at  Watecford,  N.Y.,  so 

June^  1806. 

674.  n.  Maxx',  b.  z6  Jul^,  z8zo;  m.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  6  May, 

Z830,  ^BHUiam  Otis  Noicrasa,  of  Moosoo,  Mass. 
L  CwAaT.M  Ftimmnr  Noaaaow,  b.  z  Aprily  Z83X; 
m.  in  Brooklyn,  N.Y.,  s6  Oct.,  Z853,  Isabdla 
Davis.    He  was  a  druggist,  and  d.  in  Birmi^ 

ham,  Conn.,  S3  Oct,  z87S* 
n.  Mabia  Famiomo  NoiCBoaa,  b.  8  Aug.,  Z833;  d*. 
s8  Oct,  z834. 

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•SmM  G€9uration  401 

m.  Hmy  Fanmino  Nobcboss,  b.  97  Nor.,  xSjs; 

m.  ist  at  Derby,  Conn.,  x6  Julj,  1857,  Sazah 

Mixda  Keeoej,  dau.  of  Lockwood  and  Mazia 

(Shqunan)  Keenej.   She  d.  x8  Sept,  1863. 

He  mi.  ad,  at  Birmfagham,  Coqil,  25  Aug., 

z868,  Susan  Brainaxd  Axnold,  dan.  of  Joseph 

and  Marjr  (Phe^)  AmokL    She  d.  96  Jn^, 

Z873.  He  res.  Bridgeport,  Conn.   His  business 

has  been  hanking,  bookkeeping,  andinsuianor. 

.  Issm: 

L  WkuiAX  HkNXT  NoacKOSi,  b.  at  Deibjr, 

Conn.,  15  May,  1858;  d.  near  St  Aog- 

ustine,  Fbu,  3  Feb.,  1877. 

n.  liCAnT  Famiuno  Noscioas,  b.  at  Derby, 

Conn.,  1$  Jan.,  z86a 
nz.  Joseph  Asmold  Noacaoaa,  b.  in  Bir- 
mingham, Conn.,  S7  Dec,  1869. 
zv.  Susan  Abmold  Noscioss,  Birming- 
ham, Conn.,  z6  Feb.,  Z879. 
zv.  Anna  FRAMcn  NoacBOsa,  b.  at  Monson,  Mass. 

8^ May,  Z839;  m.  Theodore  Reichardt 
V.  Mart  Lavzmia  Noacaosa,  b.  at  Fteth  Ambojr, 
N.J.,  5  June,  Z844;  m.  Joseph  B.  Breed  of 
Lynn,  BCus.,  where  she  d.  24  May,  z88z. 
VL  WzzxiAiiFANMZKoNoacao68,bjitNewaik,N.J. 
24  Dec.,  z849;m.  at  Lynn,  Mass.,  5  June,  Z878, 
Alice  L.  Marsh. 
675.  HZ.  Amna',  b.  at  Waterford,  N.Y.,  z6  July,  z8zo;  m.  at  New 
York,  N.Y.,  Z7  Nor.,  Z830,  Josiah  Robert  Stuzges  of 
New  York  aty.    Shed,  in  Brooklyn, N.Y., 38  April, 
z86&    Hed.faiNewYoi^City,8Nor.,i877.   Bolh 
bur.  Greenwood  Cemetery,  Brooklyn.    Issue:  Frank- 
lin Fanning  Sturges,  b.  at  Perth  Amboy,  N.  J.,  s8  April, 
Z845;  »^  At  Oakland,  CaL,  33  Dec,  1875,  Dorothy 
Ann  Ashcroft    (four  ch.  d.  in  infan^.) 

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345*  PATRICK*  PANNING,  b.  1788,  {pha9Us\  Thmm\ 
Jolm\  Jokn\  Edmumd^) 

BL  at  Hiidiqii  N.Y.,  $  Nor.,  x8xSt 

Sasaa  Alada  Thurston, 
dan.  of  John  and  Elisabeth  (Jenkins)  Thuzston, 
and  b.  at  Hudson,  N.Y.,  99  Nor*.  1793. 

FatxidL  Fanning  was  bom  at  Jewett  Oty.  Conn.,  sj 
Aug..  1788.    He  was  a  hatter,  and  resided  in  New  (Means 
foratime.wl|ferehewasrcf7siiooessfuL  Afterwardhewas 
a  fomnrissinn  merchant,  and  resided  in  Nocwidi.  Conn.. 
Hudson.  N.Y..  and  Brooklyn.  N.Y. 
She  d.  at  Brooklyn.  N. Y..  19  Nor..  1859.    Bur.  Hudson. 
He  d.  at  Astoria.  LX.  ss  Nor..  1867.  a.  79. 
Her  win.  dated  13  Sept.  1858.  probsAed  sx  Nor..  x86o. 
at  Brooklyn,  mentions  gianddau.  Alada  BosweO;  sister 
Elisa  Reed.  wid.  of  Ezra  Reed;  grandson  Charles  Boswdl; 
grandson  John  Boswdl;  granddau.  Elisabeth  Boswdl;  dan. 
Fhinces  C.  Paddock,  wife  of  Rer.  John  A  Paddock;  son 
Robert  S.  Fanning. 

676.  X.  ExiZA  Amf,  b.  at  Hudson.  N.Y..  ss  Oct..  x8x6;  m.  xst 
at  Norwkh,  Cten..  5  Oct.  x836»  John  Wheder  Boswdl, 
amerdiaiit.andres.atNonricfa.    They  separated,  and 
she  m.  sd.  x8  May.  1858.  Charles  Lamb  Meedi.  a  Isim- 
cr  of  Pftston.    He  d.  at  Pkeston.  X3  May.  x86s  (gs.). 
WkL  then  remained  John  Wheder  Bomdl.  her-fint 
husband.    She  d  93  Ja]^  x886.    Bur.  atFEcston.^^\^ 
Issm4  by  first  kuAtmd: 
L  John  Lovxr.  Boewzxx.  b.  X4  Oct..  1839;  nt 
Latilla  Stoxges  of  Proridenoe.  RX    Res.  Ptcs- 
ton.  Conn.   No  issue. 
XX.  EuzABXiHBo8wsLL.b.9Aug..x84x;d.9Angiv 

nx.  ExjZABXTH  HimsoN  Boewnx.  b.  s6  May.  1844; 

d.  5  Dec.  X869. 


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Sixth  Generation  403 

nr.  Alada  Tbdsstom  Bobwxll,  b,  a  M&j,  z847« 
V.  Cbabus  FAMNZNa  BoBwxix,  b.  14  Sqpt,  1850. 
Alada  and  Cbarles  xea.  Preston;  anoL 

677.  n.  CoamEUA  Ds  BIOIS^  b.  at  Hudson,  N.Y^  xz  Maj, 

18x9;  d.  96  June,  X893. 

678.  XXL  Caioumx  Wx2I8ix>w',  b.  at  Hudson,  N.T.,  30  Aug., 

z8sx;  d.  34  July,  X894. 

679.  nr.  Habidt  Datxom',  b.  at  Hudson,  N.T^  14  Nor.,  x8ss; 

d.  so  Oct,  x897. 

680.  V,  FkAiiC«CiusiMf,b.  at  Hudson,  N.Y.,a8  June,  X83X; 

m.  at  Hudson,  N.Y.,  23  April,  x8s6^  Bisliop  John 
Adams  Fuldode,  b.  at  Norwidi,  ConxL,  19  Jan^  z8s5. 
He  grad.  TMntf  Colkgs;  was  a  dcqyman,  and  zes. 
at  BzooUjfn,  NT. Y*  Aftecwaid  bhhop  in  tibe  Episcopal 
Chuzdu  She  d.  in  Portland,  Oicgon,  39  April,  x88x, 
and  was  bur.  in  Taoooaa,  Wash.  He  d.  in  Santa 
Barbaza,  CaL,  4  Maidi,  Z894. 

IssuefOBbamaiBfooUyHf  N.Y.: 

L  Alada  Thusston  PADXXxac,  b.  ss  June,  1858; 

^      m.  Z5  Nor.,  1883, 1«i«^  Albert  L.  Mills,U.SA. 

n.  Famnt  Fannxno  PADXXxac,  b.  xz  May,  x866;  m. 

X7  Aug.,  X89S,  J.  Matthew  Miller.    Res.  Ta- 

coma.  Wash. 

XXL  RoB£ET  Lxwis  Padxmoc,  b.  S4  Dec.,  X869; 

grad.  Tzinitjr  College,  X894. 
XV.  EixiB  MbaoAK  PADXXxac,  b.  Z4  Nor.,  Z87X. 
▼.  FtxnxMCB  HuBBABD  Pazukkk,  b.  6  Maidi, 
x875.    ('^'^  ch.  d.  in  infuaqr.) 
-f  68z.  rz.  RoBXST  SxAax^,  b.  at  Norwidi,  Conn.,  92  April,  1835. 

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348.  THOMAS*  PANNING^  b.  179s,  {Charles^  Thomas\ 
John\  John},  Edmund^) 

m.  at  New  York,  N.Y.,  in  Feb*,  1897, 

Mary  Anne  Simmons, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Thomas  Fanning,  son  o{  Charles  and  Anne  (Brewster) 
Fanning,  was  bom  at  Prestcm,  Conn.,  4  Nov.,  2795;  was 
a  sea  captain,  and  sailed  from  New  York  City  on  x8 
March,  1827,  a  month  after  his  mairiage,  in  the  brig  ^ 
^^Pomona,"  of  which  he  was  commander,  on  a  voyage  to 
Madeira,  and  was  lost  at  sea,  and  the  vessel  never  heard 
from  afterward.    He  was  in  his  3sd  year. 

His  widow  never  manied  again,  was  a  milliner,  and 
lived  in  New  York  City,  where,  it  is  said,  she  died  not 
many  years  afterward.  The  name  "Mary  Fanning,  widow 
of  Thomas  Fanning''  appearsin  the  New  York  Qty  direc- 
tory from  1830  to  1840,  but  does  not  occur  afterwards; 
perhaps  she  died  about  that  time.    No  issue. 

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349- JOHN  WATSON*  PANNING,  b.  1798,  (Chartes\ 
Thomas*,  John\  John\  Edmund^) 

ixu  at  Jewett  City,  Coqil,  7  Oct,  1824, 

Mary  Wilson, 
dau.  of  Capt.  John  and  Mary  Lathrop  (Baldwin)  Wilson, 
and  b.  at  Jewett  City,  Conn.,  26  Aug.,  1798.  (Jewett 
City  Records  xead  "  1799.") 

John  Watson  Fanning,  called  ''Jack''  Fanning,  son  of 
Capt  Charles  and  Anne  (Brewster)  Fanning,  was  bom  at 
Preston,  ''North  Sodety/'  in  the  village  of  Jewett  Gty, 
Conn.,  8  April,  1798.  He  was  a  merchant,  and  resided  all 
his  life  in  Jewett  Qty.  His  house  stood  back  from  the 
principal  thoroughfare  in  the  village,  and  his  store  directly 
in  front  of  his  residence.  He  was  a  thrifty,  economical 
man,  which  enabled  him  to  amass  quite  a  competence,  and 
he  retired  from  mercantile  business  several  years  before  his 
decease.  In  personal  appearance  he  was  tall  and  slim  and 
resembled  his  brother  Franklin.  He  probably  took  the 
name  "  Watson"  from  his  relative  John  Fanning  Watson. 
His  birth  is  recorded  simply  "John.''  A  negro  servant, 
called  "Aunt  Nancy  Dyer,"  lived  with  them,  it  is  said, 
some  thirty  years. 
His  wife  d.  at  Jewett  City,  30  June,  1877,  a.  78  years. 
He  d.  at  Jewett  Qty,  18  May,  1885,  a.  87  years.  Both 
bur.  Jewett  Qty. 

6i2.  I.  John  M^  b.  at  Jewett  City,  Conn.,  22  Nov.,  1825.  He 
never  m.  Went  to  California  in  1849,  ^^  settled. 
Was  engaged  in  mining  all  his  life,  and  never  returned 
East  except  on  visits.  In  March,  1864,  he  enlisted  in 
Co.  H,  4th  Calif<u:nia  Regt.  of  Inf.,  and  served  until 
the  dose  of  the  war.  He  d.  at  Havilah,  CaL,  5  June, 
1886,  a.  60  yrs.  (g3.);  was  brought  to  Jewett  City, 
Coral.,  and  interred  36  Jan.,  1887. 

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683.  XL  Maxy  LAiHROV^yb.  at  Jewett  City,  Coon.,*!  Nonr^  1837; 

m.  at  Jewett  Qty,  33  Ma7,i8s3,  ADan  Biiggs  Burleson, 

b.  at  West  Greenwich,  RX,  39  Nor^  i8z6»  son  of 

Edward  and  Sarah  (Ladd)  Burkson.     He  was  a 

manufacturer.    Rtt.  at  Jewett  Qty  and  WiDimantic, 

Conn.    He  was  supt.  of  Slater's  Cotton  WOm,  Jewett 

Qty,  for  many  yean.    Later  he  had  a  Uncn  mill  at 

WiDimantic    He  d.  at  Jewett  City,  39  Dec,  1887. 

Widow  survives  and  resides  with  her  dauf^ter,  Mrs. 

George  B.  Hatdi,  at  Berikeley,  California. 

Issue,  aU  hem  aiJ9wMCUy. 

I.  Edwasd  Fammxno  Busizsoh,  b.z4  IiCaTcfa,r8s4. 

m.  3r  Oct,  1876,  Roberta  HaOam  of  Lynn, 

Mass.    Manufacturer  at  Jewett  City,  Conn. 


I.  Bertha  Fanning  Burleson,  b.  17  Jan.,  i88z ; 

d.30  Aug.,  1888. 

n.  May  Hallam  Burleson,  b.  14  July,  x883. 

zn.  Charles  Alkn  Burleson,  b.  14  June,  1887. 

zv.  Jean  Courtney  Burleson,  b.  z  April,  1890. 

XL  Cbabus  Axxen  Bubxxson,  b.  8  NoT^  z8s5  >  <L 

9  Nor.,  Z876. 
zzz.  JoBN  Waisqw  FAimziio  BuBLUOM,  b.  as  Dsc* 
Z858;  m.  hi  Oct,  z88o,  Clara  E.  Bttven,  b.  at\ 
Putnun,  Conn.    Supt  of  Slater's  Cotton  Milb 
.    at  Jewett.O^.    He  d.  37  Feb^  z89a>  . 
zir.  Mabt  WzLSQir  BuxLBSOif,  b.  3  March,  z86z; 
m.  33  May,  Z887,  Rev.  George  B.  Hatch.  Rat- 
Lynn,  Mass.,  now  Berkeley,  CaL,  where  he  is 
pastor  of  the  zst  Cong,  church.     ,-     -  — 
I$sue,  b.  ai  Lytm,  Mass^ 
z.  May  Burleson  Hatch,  b.  6  April,  z888. 
zz.  Marguerite  Fanning  Hatdi,  b.  xa  April, 

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-1-684.  m.  CHAXZX8^  b.  at  Jewett  d^,  Ccxul,  m  Miidi,  Z830. 
-l-68s.  IV.  FkSDZUCKHtJMQii',b.atJewettC!tytConiL,340ctt 

686.  V.  TBOlCA8^  b.  at  Jewett  Qty,  Coon.,  8  Dec,  1834;  d.  % 

April,  1837. 

687.  VL  Jams  ElsmT,  b.  at  Jewett  d^,  Conn.,  az  (^.a.  Htya 

''33'')  Aprfl,i838;msat  Jewett  City,  z8  May,  z875» 
Alfred  Ai«7  Young  of  Jewett  Q^,  b.  tboe  27  Aug., 
i8do.  Sbe  waa  hia  third  wife.  He  waa  agent  and 
buaineia  manager  of  the  Slater  Cotton  IdiDa,  Jewett 
Ci^,  and  connected  with  that  buaineia  for  fiffy*{our 
yeara  from  1839  to  2893. 

She  d.  at  Jewett  City,  6  Jan.,  1889,  a.  50  yia.,  lear- 
ing  no  ifliue.    Bur.  at  Jewett  City. 

He  d.  at  Jewett  Qty,  9  Jan.,  1993. 

688.  VZL  Eaxherdis  Wolsom',  b.  at  Jewett  Gty,  Conn.,  z  April, 

1847 ;  m.  at  Jewett  Gty,  Conn.,  3  Dec.,  1867,  Thomaa 
Rooe  CongdoQ,  b.  at  Jameatown,  ILL,  8  Jan.,  1836. 
He  ia  a  merchant,  and  rea.  in  WilJimantir,  Conn. 

z.  Kathbizns  Fanmzno  Congdon  ,  b.  at  WOli- 
mantic,  Cdnn.,  23  Feb.,  Z870;  d.  3  Nor.,  Z870. 

zz.  Sdszb  DEMiaaaii  CoNOZNiif ,  b.  at  Willimanfiri 
Conn.,  9  Dec,  z87a;  d.  Z4  Aug.,  z873. 

nz.  WzzxiAK  Stuasx  Conczkui,  b.  at  Willimantir, 
Conn.,  7  Jan.,  Z876. 

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350.  HENRY  WILLSON«PANNING,b.x786,(rjkMMr\ 
Thomas\Jolm*,Ji^\  Edmund^) 

in.  at  Marlboro^  Coiiii.t  3  Oct,  z8zX|  bj  the  Ser. 

David  B.  Rqdqr  of  Marlboro, 

Sarah  Hale, 
dau.  of  David  and  Ruth  (Hak)  Hale, 
and  b.  at  Glastonbury,  Conn.,  19  July,  1788.  She  wa«  a 
descendant  of  the  well-known  family  of  Hale  that  resided 
in  Glastonbury.  The  progenitor  of  the  name  in  that  sec- 
tion is  said  to  have  been  Samuel  Hale,  Sr.,  who  was  eazfy 
of  Hartford,  Wethersfidd,  and  Norwalk. 

Henry  WiDson  Fanning,  son  of  Thomas  and  Susannah 
(Faulkner)  Fanning,  was  bom  at  Groton,  Conn.,  8  FA^ 
1786;  was  a  Uacksmith,  and  resided  at  Madboro,  Norwich, 
•  and  Jewett  City,  Conn.  He  served  for  a  time  in  the  War 
of  i8z9  .as  corporal  in  Enos  H.  Buell*s  company  of  Con- 
necticut wfl^*^^ 

He  d.  at  Jewett  Gty,  Conn.,  3  July,  1836,  a.  50  yrs. 
Wid.  d.  at  Jewett  Gty,  Conn.,  zo  June,  Z837,  a.  49  yrs. 
Both  bur.  in  the  family  lot  at  Jewett  aty.  (Seesketchin 
Uographiad  part) 

4-689.    L  CHAtT.iw  HzHn*,  b.  at  Marlboro,  Conn.,  2  Oct,  z8zs. 
69a  ZL  Tbomas  Wzzxsom',  b.  at  Marlboro,  Conn.,  38  Jan., 
z8z4.    Went  to  Norwich  and  was  learning  the  caniage 
makers' trade,  was  taken  m  and  d.  there  of  ^hus  fever 
3Z  Aug.,  Z833,  a.  Z9yr8.;unm.    Bur.  in  the  fsmily  lot 
at  Jewett  Gty. 
+69Z.  zzz.  HzNXY  WzzxzAMS^  b.  at  Marlboro^  Conn.,  23  May, 
69s.  zv.  SoFBZA  Hals',  b.  at  Jewett  City,  Conn.,  s8  Feb.,  z8z9. 
She  nevier  m.    Res.  at  Jewett  City,  Bozrah,  and  Dan- 
lelsonviDe,  Conn.,  where  she  d.  zz  May,  z88s.    Bur» 
at  Jewett  Gty. 

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Sixth  Gefuraiion        j-  409 

693.  y.  Sasah  1CAU4^  k  at  Jewett  Oty.  Coon.,  37  Jan.,  xSaz; 
m.  at  USSoD^^  Conn.,  19  Jan.,  1856,  Geoige  Wanton 
Spalding^  asdiool  teacher,  b.  Ptovidenoe,  ILL,  3 
Mareh,  x8x6.  SetUed  in  NatidL,  R.L,  where  she  d. 
in  Oct,  x86s.  He  m.  3d,  at  Natick,  xs  Dec,  1870^ 
V  Mn.  Alice  King  Hathaway  Warner,  and  d.  at  Natidc, 
x8  Nor.,  1874.    She  d.  as  Nor.,  1883. 

lum  by  wt/#  Saroh :  ' 
L  WiuxAic  Rkb  Spaidxnch  b.  at  Natfck,  RX,  14 
Dec,  x8s7;  m.  xat  at  North  Sdtiiate,  ILL,  xo 
Aug.,  x88x,  ET^m  Frances  Card,  dau.  of  Ser. 
EBsha  Brown  and  Haxxiot  (Tkylor)  Card,  and  b. 
x7Sciit,x8s8.  ClerkfarN.Y.,NA  &H.RJL 
Co.  Res.  56  Plain  Street^  Arlington,  RX,  where 
she  d.  96  March^  X898.  Issue  bjwiCeET^m: 
Dodlej  Oark,  b.  x  April,  x88s ;  WDUam  Lrrfaig^ 
b.  XX  Majr,  x888,  and  Loqr  Evdyn  Spalding^  b. 
x4Mardi,x898.  Hem. ad Vt Providence, R.L, 
7  Feb.,  X900,  Mxa.  Hortenae  Fiancee  (Himes) 
Broim,  dau.  of  WiDitt  and  Ann  (Brown)  Kmee. 
XL  CwAtTM  Sxiaoir  SpaidxmOi  b.  at  Natick,  RX,  x8 
Feb.,  1859;  m.  xst  at  Axiington,  RX,  X7  Nor., 
1886,  liabei  Manton  Fisher,  dau.  of  Chaxks 
Henxy  and  Eadty  Manton  (Whipple)  Fisher, 
and  b.  at  Frui(  mn,  RX,  3  May,  x864.  li 
cUef  dispatcher  of  N.Y.,N.H.  &H.RJLQk', 
Worcester  Dir.,  and  res.  Ptoridence,  RX  His 
wile  d.  at  Plrairidence,  aa  Fd>.,  X9oa.  Bur. 
North  Bur.  Ground,  Ptoridence,  RX  He  nu 
ad,atProridence,RX,  x8Nor.,x903,EIiabeth 
Stair  Scaxborou^  dau.  of  Ebcneaer  and  Han- 
nah(Lester)  Scarborough.  Issue  by  wile  Mabel: 
Geoige  Wanton,  b.  4  June,  1888;  Earle  Prentice, 
b.  xo  MBrchx89o;  and  Lefauid  Fanning  SpaM- 
in^  b.  a9  Jan.,  1897. 

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4  lo  History  of  the  Fanmng  Family 

694.  vx.  EuzABXXHCAraoM'yb.ttJewettCity,  CoiiiL,3oMii7, 
1893  (named  after  her  great-gnmdmathcr);  m.  at 
CUntODy  Mass.,  at  house  of  her  brother,  David  H. 
Fanning,  by  Rev.  Mr.  ffitchcock,  a  Dec,  1851,  Chaiks 
Edwin  Brooks  of  Worcester,  Mass.,  b.  15  Aug.,  x8a4, 
son  of  Dea.  Nathi  and  Maxj  (ChadwidL)  Brooks  of 
that  city  and  eighth  in  descent  from  Capt  Thomas 
and  Grace  Brooks  of  Watertown  (163  x)  and  Conooidt 
Mass.  (ThomasS  Joshua',  Danid*,  John\  Samuel*, 
Samuel*,  NathaoJ^,  ChariesP).  She  rem.  from  Jew* 
ett  City  to  Worcester,  in  Msich,  1847.  Charles  Ed- 
win Brodu  was  brou^  up  on  the  fium,  finished 
schooling  at  the  dd  Baptist  Academy,  Worcester,  and 
when  of  age  entered  mercantile  Hf e.  Of  firm  Brooks 
&  Steams,  grocers,  twdve  years.  Went  South  during 
Civil  War,  and  was  in  Commissary  DepL  of  Gov^ 
atNewbem,N.C.  After  returning  North,  partner  wfth 
his  biother-in-kw,  D.  EL  Fanning,  in  Worcester  Skirt . 
Ca  a  number  of  years.  In  1879  elected  trees,  and  libr. 
of  Worcester  County  Horticultural  Society,  whidfc  office 

he  held  until  his  death  at  Worcester,  as  Dec.,  1890. 
Hb  life  was  an  excdlent  enmple  of  faithfubess,  hon- 
esty, and  devotion. 

Isstte  bom aiWormUr,  Mass: 
L  ExXA  Bmqd,  b.  ID  Nov.,  1851;  d.  10  Jan.,  i8$7. 
m  AknojSL  Ammooii  Bsooks,  b.  as  ^^^^  ^^S** 
BL  at  Greenfidd,  Mass.,  Louisa  DarBng  Gris- 
wold,  dau.  of  Hon.  Whiting  and  Frances  Lin- 
cohi(Clarfc)  GriswoUL  He  grad.  Harvard  Col- 
lege, 1879,  and  Harvard  Divfaiity  School,  in4» 
ordained  minister  of  the  Third  CongitgMfawJ. 
(Unitarian)  Society,  Greenfield,  Mass..  Jai^ 
i88s,  which  charge  he  resigned  in  Dec,  1896. 
Res.  Boston,  MasB^    Nofasoe. 

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Sixth  GeneraHan  4x1 

m.  Walter  Frkdsric  Brooks,  b*  13  Jan.,  1859. 
lie  was  ansoctalod  willi  Willliam  IL  Monc,  in 
the  banking  and  brokerage  biuuness,  for  eleven 
years ;  then  became  one  of  the  lessees  and  pro- 
prietors  of  the  Worcester  Theatre  under  name 
ofRod;  ftBrooks;  is  now  (1904)  and  has  been 
for  past  eight  years  treasurer  of  the  Royal  Wor- 
cester Corset  Co.,  Worcester,  Moss,  is  author 
I  and  compiler  of  this  ''History  of  the  Fanning 

Family."  Resides  Worcester,  Mass.   Unmar- 
\  ried. 

{  +695.  viL  George  FAUuanaT,  b.  at  Jewett  Qty,  Conn.,  4  Sept., 
696.  vm.  Lucy  Ann',  b.  at  Jewett  City,  Conn.,  38  Dec.,  1827; 
nu  at  T^fmsdale,  R.L,  z8  April,  1848,  Georgie  B. 
Hawkins  of  Jewett  Ci^,  Coon^  son  of  Esek  Hawkins. 
He  was  one  of  the  or^^inal  ''Forty-niners"  who  had 
the  goU  fever  and  went  to  California.    On  way 
home  coDtFActed  Chagres  fever  in  crossing  the  Isth- 
mus, and  d.  at  Charleston,  S.C.,  93  Sept,  x8so.  Wid. 
res.  Providence,  RX,  and  Franklin,  Mass.,  many 
.    years,  and  d.  at  Wocoesler,  Mass.,  z  April,  1892,  at 
borne  of  her  sister,  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Fanning  Brooks 
(NoJ  694.).    Bur.  Jewett  City,  Conn. 
X.  Georgianna  Hawkins,  b.  at  Jewett  City»  C<mn., 
b  1849;  ^  ^  ClintOD,  Mass.,  in  Sept»  1851. 
Bur.  at  ClintOD,  and  rebur.  Je#ett  City  in  Z892. 
4.697.    DC.  David  Hals',  b.  at  Jewett  CUtj^  Couu,  4  Aug.,  1830. 

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35X.  JOHN  FAULKNER* FANNING,  b.  ii9A,{T1umai\ 
Tkomas\  Jclm\  JOm^  Edmmmd^) 

in.  at  Prcstxm,  Coon^  14  Fdi)*,  x8z3i 

Betsey  Oates^ 
dau.  of  Cyrus  and  Roth  (RodLweil)  Gates, 
and  b.  at  Grotoo,  Conn.,  8  Aug^  zySz. 

John  Faulkner  Fanning  was  bom  at  Groton,  Conn.,  15 
June,  1788.*  He  was  brou|^  up  in  the  funiljr  of  Dca. 
Amos  Ai«7,  and  his  gtandson,  Asa  Gore,  in  Fkeslon, 
Cdnn.  (now  known  as  tibe  Charles  Hewett  place).  Hewas 
cngiged  in  fuming  and  mill  wock  most  of  his  life.  *  Re- 
sided at  GreenTiDe,  Conn.,  and  was  overseer  in  tibe  miUs 
theve  3$  <v  30  years.  He  tl^en  bouf^  a  fisim  in  Pkeston, 
one  mile  north  of  Ledyard  line.  It  is  now  owned  and  oc* 
cupied  by  his  son  Gurdon.  He  was  in  the  War  of  iSzs,  * 
and  served  as  private  in  June  and  July,  18x3,  under  Cqit 
Meech,  and  Aug.,  18x4,  mider  Capt.  EUjah  AbeD. 

He  d.  at  Preston,  34  Jium,  x868,  a.  8x.    Bur.  in  Gates 

Burying  Ground.    She  d.atPkestoo,  z8Nor.,  x868,a.87. 


698.    X.  Lucy  Aim',  b.  at  Weston,  Conn.,  30  Nor.,  x8x4;bl  at 

GreenTiDe,  Conn.,  X7  Mkrch,  X850,  Otis  Mason  Dor- 

rance,  a  fexmer.    Res.  at  Ffestoo,  Conn.    She  d.  at 

GreenviDe,Conn.,8Ang.,x886.    He  d.  at  GreenvQIe, 

Conn.,  s6  Dec,  X90X.    Both  bur.  Greenville.    Isne: 

one  son,  d.  in  infencj. 

+699.  XL  GionoE  WABMiNWixJiff  b.  at  Prtston,  Conn.,  8  Match » 

70a  XXL  GuBDON  McCxjaukHAM',  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  xs^Julft 

1823.    He  never  m.    Res.  (1904)  in  Pkcston,  < 
on  the  fenn  that  was  his  fetber's,  near  Ledyaid  1 

•  Date  Iran  TuaAng  Bttde  ci  ICia.  Chas.  Geidner,  Korwkhs 
Fumliig't  (No.  700)  Bibto  leads  ">  33  *  JvnSi  17^. 

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356.  EBENEZER  PITT*  PANNING,  b.  about  1791,  (£7- 
kanak\  Thamas\  Jolm\  Jdm\  Eimwul^) 
m.  at 

dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Ebenezer  Pitt  Fanning,  eldest  son  of  Elkanah  and  Es- 
ther Witter  (Douglas)  Fanning,  was  bom  at  Preston,  Conn, 
about  Z791.  He  early  removed  to  New  York  State,  and 
was  of  Rochester  in  1827  and  in  1630.  Later  he  removed 
to  Geneseo,  Livingston  Ca,  N.Y.,  where  he  resided  in 
after  years,  and  where  he  died  about  the  year  1867.  His 
wife  had  died  previously.  His  occupation  or  prafenion  is 
unknown,  nor  docs  there  seem  to  be  any  record  obtainable 
showing  what  his  wife's  name  vras,  the  date  of  her  birth, 
or  when  or  where  she  died,  or  where  cither  of  them  were 
buried.  It  is  said,  however,  by  relatives  that  they  had  no 

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3S7-ASA  WITTER*  PANNING,  b.  1793,  (BBbiidk*  " 
m.  at  Rochester,  N.Y.,  in  1840^ 

Lucy  WetherdL 

daiLofSethand  (dark)  Wetbeidl, 

and  b.  at  Conn.,  in  Sept^  1789. 

Afla  Witter.  Fanning  was  bom  at  Preston,  Coon^  in 
April,  1793.  He  settled  in  Rochester,  N.Y^  in  cariyUfop 
when  it  was  nearly  a  wiUerness.  He  was  a  master  me* 
chanic,  and  afterwards  had  charge  of  the  locomodfc  wQffcs 
there.'  After  that  he  mannfttctuied  miU  irons,  and  was 
engaged  hi  geneial  Uadcsmith  wwk,  at  which  he  was  a 
masterhand.  He  served  hi  the  War  of  zSrs  as  a  private 
for  a  short  time,  doing  aervioe  at  New  London  under  com- 
mand of  George  Middleton  from  S3  Jttlf,  1813,  to  16  Sqtt^ 
18x3  (Conn*  Rolls). 

His  wife  d.  at  Rochester,  so  May,  1864,  of  heart  disease, 
a.  74  yrs.,  8  mos. 

He  d.  at  his  tesidence  in  Rochester,^48  Piatt  Street,  is 
May,  1870,  of  typhoid  fever,  a.  77  yrs.,  1  mo.,  and  is 
bnr.  in  Mt  Hope  Cemetery. 

Asa  Witter  Tanning's  win  is  on  file  at  Rochester,  dated 
19  June,  1869,  probated  38  Julf,  187a  By  its  provision 
Msrtin  Briggs  was  appomted  his  emcutor,  and  set  forth  in 
the  petition  for  its  pn>bale  that  he  left  no  widow  or  any 
known  relatives.  In  the  will  Asa  left  his  properqr*  all  hot 
fooo,  to  Charles  Fanik&ig  of  Rodkport,  Atchinaon  C0.9 
Bfa  (who  was  Asa's  adopted  son).  $100  he  left  to  Asa 
Fanning,  the  son  of  Charles,  and  $100  to  the  American 
BiUe  Society  of  New  York  aty,  and  made  the  said  Charles 
Fanning  his  residuary  legatee. 

Noissue:  ^ 

(He  had  one  adopted  son,  Charies  Fanning.) 

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3S9.  JAICBS^  PANNING,  b.  z8oz,  (jQmn\  Gmrf\  WU- 
liam\  EdmMnd\  Edmund\  Edmmnd*) 

m.  at  Preston,  Cooiu,  10  March,  1825, 

Emily  Capran, 
dau.  of  Eliaha  and  Luqr  (Kinne)  C^Mon, 
and  b.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  33  Nor.,  1805. 

Emiljr  Oqpran  was  gninddanghtrr  of  Giks  Capico, 
whose  half  sister,  Eliiaibefh,  married  Thomaa  Fanning 

James  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  KKaihffh  (WQUams) 
Fanning,  and  in  the  sevendi  gencntkn  from  Ednwmri 
and  EUen  Fanning  the  emqprant  anoesfeofs  who  settled  in 
Connecticut  about  the  year  1653,  was  bom  at  Preston, 
Conn.,  z8  Sept,  z8oi.  He  was  a  cupenter,  and  resided 
at  Groton,  Conn.,  ui  that  part  which  was  afterwaxd  set 
off  to  f om  the  new  town  of  Ledyazd*  His  business  was 
hi  Norwich. 

Be  d.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  25  May,  1835,  a.  34  yn.,  and 
was  bur.  in  the  CEunily  buzying  ground.  After  his  death 
his  widow  m.  sd,  James  L.  Bromley  of  Preston. 

He  d.  as  May,  Z884,  a.  75  yis.  Bur.  at  Preston 
City(gA).     . 

She  d.  at  Preston,  Conn.,  38  Nor.,  Z878,  and  was  bur. 
at  Preston  Qty  (g.s.  reads ''aged  68*0*    Nol 

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36Z.  WILLIAM^  FANNING,  b.  180S,  (/oimj*,  Gwfgt^ 
WiUiam\  Edmwfid\  Edmund\  Edmund^) 
m.  at  Ledyaxd,  Conn.,  az  July,  1836, 

Mary  Ann  Qallup, 
dau.  of  Nehemiah  Mason  and  Huldah  (Wheeler)  Gallup, 
and  b.  at  Stonington,  Conn.,  17  April,  18x5. 

William  Fanning,  son  of  James  and  Elizabeth  (Williams) 
Fanning,  was  bom  at  Preston,  Conn.,  14  Dec.,  i8o8. 
Wh^  a  child  his  patents  removed  to  Groton,  Conn.,  and 
there  William  Fanning  resided  the  zest  of  his  life  and  fol- 
lowed farming.  The  district  in  which  he  lived  was  set  off 
in  Z836  to  fonn  the  new  town  of  Ledyard.  The  house  he 
resided  in  is  now  owned  and  occupied  by  Lyman  Latham. 
William  Fanning  was  representative  to  the  State  Legisk- 
ture  at  Hartford  in  Z863. 

He  d.  at  Ledyard,  Conn.,  z  May,  z88oy  a.  fi  yrs^  4 
mos.,  Z7  ds*    Bur.  in  the  bmily  burying  ground. 

Widow  d.  at  Ledyard,  Conn.,  3  Oct,  Z90Z,  in  her  87th 

+70Z.  z.  Geo&ge',  b.  at  Ledyard,  Conn.,  4  Oct,  z837. 

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36a.  ISAACS  FANNING,  b.  1812,  (/aifi«f  •,  Gmfrge^  WU- 
liam\  Edmund*,  Edmwtd\  Edmund^) 
m.  at  Ledyaid,  Coniu,  94  J&jl,  1836, 

Betsy  Latham, 
dau.  of  Robert  and  Theoda  (Wflliains)  Latham, 
and  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  xa  Sept,  iZi$.* 

Isaac  Fanning  was  bom  at  Pkeston,  Conn.,  35  Oct., 
1813;  wasin  the  trucking  business,  and  lived  at  New  Lon- 
don, Conn.  He  was  a  membo:  of  the  Common  Council 
of  New  London  at  one  time. 

She  d.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  33  July,  1873. 

He  d.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  25  Jan.,  1891,  a.  78  yrs., 
3  moa.    Both  bur.  in  Cedar  Grove  Ctanetery. 

.  Issue: 

703.    li  EuzABEiH*,  b.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  is  Sept,  1839; 
d.  there  39  Sept,  1848;  bur.  Cedar  Grove  Cemetery. 

703.  XL  EiocA.',  b.  at  New  London^  Conn.,  3  April,  1843;  m.  at 

New  London,  35  Dec,  1870^  Gorton  Brown,  a  loco- 
motive engineer,  and  b.  in  Passaic  Co.,  N.J.,  38  Dec., 
Z841.  He  was  in  the  Civil  War,  and  private  in  Co. 
E.,  zst  Segt  Conn.  VoL  H.  Artilkiy,  and  served  from 
5  March,  1863,  to  7  March,  1865,  and  received  honor- 
able discharge.  Res.  in  New  London,  where  he  d.  5 
Feb.,  1903.    No  issue. 

704.  m.  Hauiet  Bellzosah*,  b.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  5 

Aug.,  1846.    Res.  at  New  London;  unm. 

705.  IV.  Jaios  Robert*,  b.  at  New  London,  Conn.,  11  April, 

185Z.    He  is  a  truckman,  and  res.  at  New  London; 
unm.  I 

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370.  GEORGE  TALCOTT^  FANNING,  b.  i839,(i?i#/ftf  •, 
Ashtf^^  Jonatkan^f  Jonaihan*^  Edmund\  Edmund^) 
m.  at  Lawrence>  Kan.,  28  Jan.,  z868, 

Mary  Ann  Miller, 
dau.  of  George  T  and  Margaret  (Twomey)  Miller, 
.and  b.  at  Ypsilanti,  Mich.,  13  April,  1847. 

George  Talcott  Fanning,  son  of  Capt  Rufus  and  Mary 
(Brown)  Fanning,  was  bom  at  Bath,  Summit  Co.,  O.,  33 
Nov.,  1839.    He  attended  the  preparatory  academy  to 
Knox  College  at  Galesbury,IlL    Is  a  mechanical  engineer, 
and  resides  at  Portland,  Oregon.    His  mother  was  Mary 
Brown  Barber,  dau.  of  Samuel  Brown,  a  Revolutionary 
soldier.   She  married  William  I.  Barber  in  1824. 
1833  and  his  widow  m.  Capt.  Rufus  Fanning  m  1836.    A 
son  of  Mary  Brown  by  her  Baiber  marriage  is  A  M.  Bar- 
ber, now  residing  at  Crystal  Lake,  QL 
+7x0.    L  Edwin  Gideon',  b.  at  Lawrence,  Kan.,  6  Dec.,  1868. 
711.  n.  EuNOR  Kate',  b.  at  Oakland,  CaL,  13  Jan.,  1877;  m. 
at  Portland,  Or.,  11  June,  1899,  James  Harper,  and 
res.  at  Dallas,  Tex. 

I.  Maey  Fanning  Haepsr,  b.  27  Oct.,  1900. 
n.  MiLDHED  Christina  Harper,  b.  39  Jan.,  1903. 
;i3.  m.  Emma  Bowlss',  b.  at  Harrisburg,  Or.,  10  Feb.,  1879. 
713.  IV.  Ernest  Talcott*,  b.  at  Harrisburg,  Or.,  1  Feb.,  1883. 

714-  V.  Earl  Miller',  b.  at  Harrisburg,  Or.,  37  Sept.,  1884. 

715-  VL  Eva  Maggie',  b.  at  Eugene,  Or.,  9  Dec,  1887. 

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365.RUFUS  LEEDS*  FANNING,  k   1806,  {Rujns\ 
Asber^,  Janallian^  Jonaihan^t  Edmund^  Edmttnd*) 
m.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  12  Dec.,  1830, 

Mary  Louisa  Williams, 
dau.  of  Judge  ^n^Uam  and  Amy  (Stanton)  WHliams, 
and  b.  at  Groton,  Conn.,  25  Feb.,  181  x. 

Rufus  Leeds  Fanning,  known  as  '*  Leeds"  Fanning,  was 
bom  at  Groton,  Conn.,  22  Dec,  1806,  was  a  contractor  and 
j  builder,  and  resided  Norwich,  Conn.     He  manufactured 

I  sashes  and  blinds,  the  firm  being  Fanning  &  Willoughby 

j  for  many  years. 

!  His  wife  d.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  27  Aug.,  1849. 

He  d.  at  Colchester,  Conn.,  25  A^Lrch,  1854;  both  bur. 

Issue : 
+706.    z.  WiUJA]cWiixiAifs',b.atNorwich,Conn.,22Apr.,z837. 
707.  n.  Chabt.fs  Leeds*,  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  23  Nov.»  1840; 
d.  13  Aug.,  1843. 
+708.  m.  Erastus  Wuxzams',  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  26  Jan., 
709.  IV.  Annie  Willoughby',  b.  at  Norwich,  Conn.,  2  March, 
1849;  m.  at  Norwich,  26  Oct,  1869,  Gen.  James  B. 
Coit,  an  att'y-at-law,  Omaha,  Neb.    Res.  Norwich, 
Conn.    While  East  on  visit  enlisted  7  May,  1861,  hi 
Union  Army,  and  served  until  6  Sept.,  1864.    Made 
brig.-general  dose  of  war;  d.  8  Dec.^  1894.    She  was 
brought  up,  but  not  legally  adopted,  by  A.  P.  Wil- 
loughby, Norwich,  her  father's  business  partner,  and 
m.  under  name  ''Annie  Willoughby.** 
Issue : 
I.  Leeds  Willoughby  Coit,  b.  ii  June,  1871. 
n.  Irene  Williams  Coit,  b.  25  Sept.,  1872;  m.  4 
Sept.,i895,Henry  B.Graves.  Res.  Geneva,N. Y, 
m.  Ralph  Bolles  Corr,  b.  19  April,  1877. 
IV.  AftCHA  William  Coit,  b.  4  Sept.,  1878. 

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375.  ASHBR  BQBBRT^  PANNINO.b.  18x8,  (/MoOm*, 
Adm\  Jamikam\  Jamilkm\  Bdmmmd*,  Bdtmmd^) 
m.  at  CiTcr,  Fultoa  Ca»  DL,  in  1843, 

Olivia  Budojda  Saunden, 
dan.  of  Oiristophcr  and  Aurilia  (Potncj)  Sattndaa> 
and  b.  in  AUegany  Co.,  N.Y.»  5  April,  1835. 

Aaher  Ef^iert  Fanmng  waa  bom  at  Hopewdl,  Ont  G)., 
N.Y.,  4  Oct,  z8i8;  was  a  fumer,  and  removed  to  Illinois 
indiaiio^s.    BezeskledatCfver,FalUnCo^nL,untilhis 
death,  7  Jan^  1859.    Bur.  in  Sanndcts  Gfaveyaxd,  Qter. 
The  wkLnLsdyin  1867,  Stephen  Hayden,  and  iea.on  the 
old  Cum  antn  1896,  whni  she  xeuL  to  Cuba,  HL,  where 
she  waa  living  in  1902.    He  d.  a8  Sept.,  1878. 
Issu€  : 
7x7.    I*  LnuN  iJiuaHLxa',  b.  at  Qver,  DL,  13  Dec,  1843. 
Served  in  the  132  HL  VdL  Ihl  aa  a  100-day  man  in 
the  Rebellion.    Died  za  July,  1865,  unm. 
7x8.  XL  HzMixzTiA  AuBZLZA*,  b*  at  Civer,  DL,  6  Nov.,  1847; 
.m.  at  Cfver,  35  Sept,  1873,  J<>^  Geoige,  and  res. 
Cuba,  HL,  where  he  d.  38  Feb.,  1900^  leavfaig  issue 
one  son,  duee  dius. 
7x9.  HL  LuxB  LovsLL*,  b.  at  Over,  DL,  zo  March,  z8sx;  d.  x 

Feb.,  1854. 
730»  zv.  Mamx  Azjcb*,  b.  at  Qver,  DL,  8  July,  z8s4;  nt  at 
Lewistown,  DL,  zz  Apzil,  Z876,  Joaeph  Moran.  Res. 
Fktt,  DL,  where  she  d.  38  Sept,  Z878. 
73Z.  V.  Hauzbt  0£xvxa*,  b.  at  Qver,  DL,  39  Aug.,  z8s6;  m. 
at  Canton,  DL,  33  Aug.,  z883,  Joeeph  Monui.  Res. 
^nf5^^  DL 

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376.  EZRA'  FANNING,  h.  1821,  {Jvnathan\  Axhvr^Jvn- 
alhan*^  Jonathan^,  Edmund^,  Edmund^) 
m.  at 

Sarah  Shulters, 
dau.  of 
and  b.  at 

Ezra  Fanning,  son  of  Jonathan  and  Catharine  (Laugh- 
Icr)  Fanning,  was  born  at  Hopewell,  Ontario  Co.,  N.Y.,  4 
July,  1821.  Very  little  record  of  Ezra  Fanning  is  obtain- 
able. It  is  said  that  he  lived  at  Hopewell,  and  was  a  far- 
mer, and  in  stature  **  was  a  very  large  man."  His  grand- 
parents arc  reported  to  have  resided  in  the  town  of  Gor- 
hani,  Ontario  Co.,  N.Y.,  but  there  is  no  mention  on  the 
Gorhani  records  of  Ezra  Fanning,  or  his  marriage  or  death. 
Relatives  of  the  family  state  he  lived  and  died  at  Hope- 
well, Ontario  Co.,  N.Y.,  and  was  buried  there.  They 
give  the  date  of  his  decease  21  Sept.,  1871.  It  is  reported 
from  other  sources,  however,  that  he  died  at  the  County 
Poor  House  and  that  the  records  there  give  the  date  of  his 
death  17  Oct.,  1885.  It  is  impossible,  therefore,  to  deter- 
mine the  correct  date.  His  wife  is  deceased,  but  date  and 
place  of  her  death  are  not  learned.  It  is  said  he  had  no 

*  Since  the  receipt  of  the  above  information  It  hxs  been  learned  that  Ezra 
Fanning  had  two  sons,  viz. :  Andrew  Jackson  Fanning,  bom  in  May,  iS47» 
and  William  Ansel  Fanning,  bom  in  Oct.,  1849.  Nothing  further,  how- 
ever, can  be  learned  of  them. 

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377.  KINNEY  NATHANIEL^  FANNING,  b.  1S23, 
{Jonathan^,  Asher^,  Jonathan^ ^  Jonathan^^  Edmund^^Ed- 

m.  at  Manchester,  Ontario  Co.,  N.Y.,30  Aug.,1845, 

Caroline  Ann  Knickerbocker, 
dau.  of  Henrj'  and  Theresa  (Cutler)  Knickerbocker, 
and  b.  at  Hopewell,  Ontario  Co.,  N.Y.,  10  Nov.,  1826. 

Kinney  Nathaniel  Fanning,  son  of  Jonathan  and  Cath- 
arine (Laughler)  Fanning,  v/as  born  in  the  town  of  Naples, 
Ontario  Co.,  N.Y.,  11  June,  1823. 

He  was  a  farmer,  and  removed  from  Ontario  Co.,  N.Y., 
to  a  place  called  Port  Gibson  in  that  State.  Later  he  re- 
moved to  Coldwater,  Branch  Co.,  Mich.,  where  he  resided 
the  rest  of  his  life. 

He  died  at  Coldwater,  ^Iich.,  23  (also  given  25)  Aug., 
1896,  and  was  buried  at  Coid water. 

His  widow  was  residing  at  Coldwater  with  her  son 
Charles  Edward  Fanning  (No.  722),  in  1904. 
Issue  : 
+  722.  I.  Charles  Edward*,  b.  at  Hopewell,  Ontario. Co.,  N.Y., 
27  Aug.,  1846. 
723. 11.  HiRAai  Edson',  b.  at  Hopewell,  Ontario  Co.,  N.Y.,  22 
July,  1848;  d.  I  April,  1851. 

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383.  WILLIAM  JANE^* FANNING,  b.  lio^,{El%sha\ 
Eiislia\  David\  Jamthan^  Edmund^  Edmund^) 
m.  I  St  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  , 

Abigail  Brown, 
dau.  of  Avery  and  Sallie  (Miner)  Brown, 
and  b.  in  Vermont,  i  Dec.,  1803. 
She  d.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  35  July,  1855. 
He  m.  2d  at  Leona,  Penn.,  21  Feb.,  1856, 

Mrs.  Henrietta  Hubbard  Bonfoey, 
dau.  of 

and  born  at  TIaddam,  Conn.,  15  Scpl.,  1815. 
She  was  widow  of  Chauncey  Bonfoey. 

William  Jane  Fanning,  was  bom  at  Springfield,  Mass.,  7 
March,  1807,  ^^^^  ^  farmer,  and  resided  at  Leona,  Penn., 
where  he  died  15  March,  1S72. 

Widow  d.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  19  July,  1881. 
Issue  by  wife  Abigail : 

724.  I.  Sarah  Ann',  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  about  1831 ;  d.  young. 

725.  II.  Juliette  Maria*,  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  about  1833;  ^' 

at  Springfield,  Penn.,  John  Furman  Porter. 

He  was  in  Civil  War,  '61  to  '65.  She  d.  at  Leona,  22 
Nov.,  1859.    Issue :  Van  Rensclaer  and  Emery  Porter. 

726.  in.  Hannah  Maria',  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  17  Jan.,  1835; 

m.  at  Leona,  18  July,  1854,  Rev.  James  Hximilton  Ross. 
Res.  Monroeton,  Penn.  She  d.  27  Sept.,  1862.  Issue : 
Beverly  Waugh  and  Francis  May  Ross. 

727.  IV.  WiLUAM  Deloss',  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  about  1836;  d. 

+728.   V.  Isaac  Newton",  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  4  July,  1838. 
729.  VI.  Alina  Geraldine",  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  3  July, 
1S41;  m.  at  Troy,  Penn.,  12  March,  1S62,  Walter  Ed- 
ward Balhrd.    He  d.  East  Troy,  Penn.,  21  June,  189S. 
Wid.  res.  Elmira,  N.Y.,  without  issue. 

*  Named  after  a  family  by  name  of  •*  Jane  •* ;  but  never  wrote  it  such. 

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+  733 
+  734 

DAVID    GRACES   FANNING,  b.  1811,   {mhha^, 
Elisha^,  David\  Jonathan^,  Edviuftd^,  Edmund^) 
m.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  14  March,  1833, 

Antis  Brown  Cancdy, 
dau.  of  Alexander  and  Catharine  (Brown)  Canedy, 
and  b.  at  Halifax,  Windham  Co.,  Vt,  28  April,  1815. 

David  Grace  Fanning  was  born  at  Springfield,  Mass., 
IS  Feb.,  181 1 ;  was  a  farmer,  and  resided  at  Welona, 
Bradford  Co.,  Penn. 
His  wife  d.  at  Wetona,  Penn.,  11  Sept.,  1870. 
He  d.  at  Wetona,  Penn.,  13  March,  1903.    Both  bur. 

Issue : 
,  I.  Betsfa'',  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  in  that  part  now 
Wetona,  16  Feb.,  1S34;  d.  11  May,  1837.  Bur.  Le- 
ona,  Penn. 
.  II.  ROEXA  Melvina',  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  18  June, 
1836;  m.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  23  April,  1856,  Noah 
Wilson  Smith.  He  was  in  Co.  C,  7th  Penn.  Cavalry, 
during  Civil  War.  Res.  Springfield,  Penn.  Issue,  five 
ch. :  Corydon  Melvin,  Burdcll  Fanning,  Frank  Ira, 
Hubert  Wilson,  and  Fernley  David  BueU  Smith,  all  b. 

III.  Amanda*,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  8  Feb.,  1838;  m.  at 
Springfield,  Penn.,  31  Jan.,  1855,  John  Clinton  Leon- 

ard. Res.  Chambers,  Holt  Co.,  Neb.  Issue,  seven  ch. : 
George  Delos,Fanning  H,Sinclair,Floyd,Adelbert  Can- 
edy, Harr>'  Hale,  and  Delos  David  Leonard. 

IV.  Ira  SMirn",  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  29  June,  1840. 
V.  Melvin  David",  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  15  July,  1842. 

VI.  Adelbert  Canedy*,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  25  July, 

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387.  EDWIN^  iPANNING,  b.  1815,      (/!/«*«•,  »»**«•, 
Davii^,  Jonalkan\  Edmmd\  Edmund^) 

m.  at  Burlington^  Biadford  C0.tFtenn.939  April,  18381 

Elvira  Margaret  Hart» 
dau.  of  Philip  and  Betsey  (Richards)  Hart, 
and  b.  at  Bainbridgey  N.Y.,  6  March,  z82a 

Edwin  Fanning  was  bom  at  Springfield,  Bradfofd  Co., 
Penn.,  z6  May,  1815,  where  he  resided,  and  at  Fox,  Sulli- 
van Ca    Was  a  farmer.    Held  ofltee  of  tax  collector, 
treasurer,  etc 
Shed,  at  Fox,  3  June,  1899.  He  d.  at  Fox,  18  Dec,  1900. 
736.      i.^  AijOMZo',  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn,,  zx  Jan.,  Z839 ;  d.  inf. 
-H737.     XL  Elisha  Philip',  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,z6  Dec,z84z. 
+738.   xn.  Wallace  Phylamdbr',  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  a 

March,  Z843. 
+739-    IV.  Sandfoad  Rescom',  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  34  Feb., 


740.  V.  Betsey  Hart*,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  21  Aug.,  Z847; 
m.  at  Shunk,  Penn.,  34  Aug.,  1863,  Harvey  Newton 
TOlotson.  Res.  Tuohimne,  CaL  Issue :  Frank  W., 
Edwin  A,  Emma  K,  Lenoria  £.,  Charles  H^  May 
and  Myrtle  Tlllotson. 

74Z.    VL  MzNEEVA*,b.  at  Springfieki,Ptan.,z6  Feb^iSso;  d.  inf. 

743.  VZL  Lydxa  Cobnexja',  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  33  Feb«, 
1853;  DL  at  Shunk,  Penn.,  19  Feb.,  i87S>  Augustus 
Yaw.  Res.  Shunk,  where  she  d.  so  Nov.,  Z89X.  Is- 
sue, two  ch. :  Harry  and  Essie  Yaw. 

743.  viXL  Charles*,  b.  at'  Springfield,  Pemu,  19  Feb.,  — ;  d.  inL 
+744.    XX.  WxzxiAic',  b.  at  Fox,  Penn.,  so  May,  x8s8. 

745«  X.  Martiza*,  b.  at  Fox,  Penn.,  Z9  Nov.,  z86o;  m.  at 
Shunk,  Penn.,  Z9  March,  Z876,  Alfred  F.  Letts.  Res. 
Shunk.  Issue: Irene, Fted, Stella, Jessie, Edna, Ed- 
gar, Hallie,  and  Charies  Letts. 

746.    XL  Lucas',  b.  at  Fox,  Penn.,  39  Sept,  1864;  d.  inf. 

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389.  BLISHA^  FANNING,  b.  1820,      (Elisha\  Elisha^ 
David\  Janaiham^  Bdtmmd\  Edmmtd^) 
m.  at  Springfield,  Penn^  10  Sq>C,  1845, 

Mary  Cornelia  Ayera, 
dau.  of  Loitnxo  and  AUgpul  (Snuth)  AjerB, 
and  b*  at  Springfield,  Pcmi.,  7  Juty,  183a 

Elisha  Faniking  waa  bom  at  Leona,  Penn^  24  Oct,  18301 
and  resided  at  Berrytown,  Pcmi^  where  he  waa  engaged  in 
fanning.  His  wife  d.  at  Springfield,  Penn^  24  March,  i868. 
He  d.  at  Beirytofwn,  Ptauu,  33  Feb.,  1899.  Both  bur.  at 
ChederviDe,  Pcmi. 

Issm€  : 
747.    X.  Abigail  Rosdia*,  b.  at  Springfield,  PeniL,  10  Nor., 
1847;  >n.  at  Springfidd,  Penn.,  34  Dec,  z868,  Erastus 
Booths  Woodward,  a  fanner.    Res.  Berrytown,  Penn. 
X.  AscBiB  Maxhk  Woodwaxd,  b.  19  April,  1870. 
n.  Maxy  Elviba  Woodwaxd,  b.  7  April,  1872; 
m.  5  Nov.,  *90,  FredS.  Lyonsof  Athens,  Penn. 
m.  Ems  May  Woodwabd,  b.  14  April,  1876;  m. 
4  Oct.,  1899,  IX^Diam  Lewis  Burt  of  Penn.  No 
IV.  HBi]iAHWiiiXAiftWooxmABD,b.  13  Jul7,i88o; 
m.  33  March,  X899,  Florence  Gertrude  Ken- 
nedy of  Penn.    No  issue. 
+748.   n.  WnxxAM  LouB*,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  $  Feb.,  1850. 
749.  m.  (Daughter) *,b.  at  ^iringfield,  Penn.,  x  June,  1853;  d. 
same  day. 
+750.  XV.  John  Rxley',  b.  at  Springfield,  Ptenn.,  14  June,  1854 
7SI.    V.  (Son)^  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  6  March,  1858; d.  next 
+753.  VL  Gbobgb  Wesuct*,  Springfield,  Penn.,  33  Oct, 
753.  viL  Eva  Maby*,  b.  at  Springfield,  Penn.,  3  July,  x86s;  d. 
4  June,  1877. 

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390.  AMOS  BUTTON'  FANNING,  b.  li^s,  (Ettska\ 
misha\  DavU\  JamUhan*,  Eimumd\  Edmund*) 
m.  Z8t  at  Leona3nMtford  Ca,Peim^a5  Nov.,  184^ 

Martha  Ann  Smithy 
du.  of  Justin  and  Ann  (Fields)  Smith, 
and  b.  at  Hadlqr,  Mass.,  aa  Sq[)t,  i8z6. 

She  d.  at  Leooa,  Benn,,  4  May,  1884. 
He  m.  ad,  at  SheUxake,  Seneca  Co,  N.Y.,  32 
Dec,  1885,    . 

Josephine  Bonfoey, 
dau.  of  Oiaunoqr  and  Hcniietta  (Hubbaid)  Bonf oeyi 
and  bl  at  Springfield,  Ftenn.,  as  March,  1837. 
She  d.  at  Thqr,  Ftan^  34  Jan.,  1890. 
He  m.  3d,  at  Davenport,  N.Y.,  30  April,  1891, 

Carrie  Layman^ 
dau.of  AlbeTtGaUatmandMaxy  Eliza  (Slau^iter)  Layman, 
and  b.  at  Ferguson's  Comer,  N.Y.,  a6  Jan.,  1840. 

Amos  Button  Fuming  was  bom  at  Leona,  Penn.,  z8 
Jan.,  z8a5;  was  a  fiumer  and  engaged  in  lumbering  and 
held  many  town  offices.  He  resided  at  Springfield,  Benn., 
(Leona),  on  the  Elisha  Fanning  homestead,  where  he  was 
bom,  but  removed  to  Ttoy,Penn.,  and  resided  there  a  few 
years  previous  to  his  dealh,  which  occurred  az  Dec,  1897. 
Bur.  Leona* 

Isnm  by  wife  Mofika  : 
754.    z.  Amm  Ezjzabxik*,  b.  at  Leona,  Penn.,  22  May,  1850; 
m.  at  Leona,  19  Oct,  Z869,  Huyzinger  M.  Griffith,  a 
fumer.    Res.  Leona,  whoe  she  d.  aa  Jufy,  Z898. 
L  Masiba  Aucb  Gurub,  b.  a8  May,  z87z;  d. 

30  Jan.,  Z873. 
ZL  FzjOUEmcs  Cbbistzbel  Grzfphh,  b.  as  May, 
Z873;  ^  i^  Nov.,  i88o. 
7SS-  n.  Aucs',  b.  at  Leona,  Pa.,zo  May,z85a ;  d.  33  Mar.,  z8s6. 
756.  ziL  Anna',  b.  at  Leona,  Pa.,zo  May,  z85a ;  d.  3Z  May,  z8sa. 

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39X.  LUTHER  JONES*  PANNING,  b.  z8a7,  (JSflf*«^ 
misU\  D(nnd\  JmiaOum^  Eimmd*,  EAmmd^ 
m.  at  Thompson,  O.,  ax  Oct,  1848, 

OrriU  Sophronia  PhelpSt 
d&u.  of  Abd  and  Elcanove  Lyman  (West)  Phe^ 
and  b.  at  Thompson,  O.,  5  Feb.,  1839. 

Lather  Jones  Fanningtrasbon  at  Leona,  Penn.,  z  Sept, 
1827;  is  a  retired  fumcr,  and  resides  at  West  Burlington, 
Bradford  Co.,  Penn. 

Issug  : 

757.  X.  EixsN  Lbvzbxa*,  b.  at  Springfield,  Pttm.,  8  Sept,  1849 ; 

m.  at  West  Burlington,  Penn:;  8  Sept.,  x868,  James 
Mansfield  Beach,  a  cazriage  maker.  Res.  Thqr,  Ptenn. 

X.  Jambs  Howaxd  Beacs,  b.  25  July,  1870. 
n.  Gkace  Issnx  Beach,  b.  4  Nov.,  1872. 
HL  LuiHER  FAmnNG  Beach,  b.  14  Aug.,  2875. 

758.  xx.  FtosA  JosEKHiHE*,  b.  at  Springfidd,  Penn.,  25  June, 

X855;  m.  at  West  Burlington,  Penn.,  17  Jan.,  1877, 
Curtis  Swain,  a  jeweler.    Res.  Builington,  Ffenn.  He 
'  d.  92  April,  x894. 

Issm€  ham  ai  Bmlmgtamf  Pmm. : 
X.  Cxumm  Fowxxn  Swaxn,  b.  2  June,  1876. 
XX.  RoDNZT  Ldihek  Swaxk,  b.  z6  Aug.,  1878. 
H  HL  EucA  AxjCB  SwASf,  b.  5  Fd>.,  z894. 

+759*  XXL  CLAnon  McKzam*,  b.  at  West  Buzlfaigton,  Pttm.,  X7 
June,  x86o. 
760.  xv.AucBjXA]finnrT*,b.atWestBuzlfaigtfln,Ptaui.,4june, 
1863;  m.  at  West  Burlington,  Penn.,  30  Oct,  1900, 
John  Benjamin  Diddnson,  a  musidan,  b.  at  West 
Buriington,  x8  Sept,  x863« 

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39a.  JOHN»  PANNING,  b.  about  1804^5,  {John\  mUha\ 
David\  Jonathan*,  Edmund^  Edmund^) 

m.  at  St.  Michaels,  Talbot  Co.,  Md.,30  April,  1825, 

Mary  Ann  Townsend, 
dau.  of  Benjamin  and  Margaret  (Benson)  Townsend, 
and  b.  at  St  Michaels,  Md«t  in  zSio. 

John  Fanning  was  bom  at  Troy,  N.Y.,  about  1804-05; 
was  a  silversmith,  and  located  at  St  Michaels,  Md.,  a 
short  time  before  his  marriage.    He  left  home  in  April  or 
May,  1826,  and  went  to  sea,  and  never  returned  to  his 
family.    He  was  in  the  Mexican  War,  and  it  is  said  on  the 
steamer ''  Vixen,"  later  being  transferred  to  the  ship ''  Rar- 
itan,"  on  which  he  was  quarter-gunner,  and  was  in  the  bat- 
tle of  Vera  Cruz,  and  wounded  in  the  ankle.    That  was 
the  huit  information  hb  family  ever  had  of  him.    He  was 
a  very  small  man  in  stature,  and  may  have  been  the  ^Little 
John"  (Fanning)  tradition  says  was  killed  in  Mexican  War. 
Widow  d.  at  St  Michaels,  Md.,  zs  Oct,  1873. 
761. 1.  Makga&et*,  b.  at  St  Mirhn^h,  Md.,  ix  Feb.,  1826;  m. 
at  St  Michaels,  28  Jan.,  1848,  George  Thomas  Wales,  a 
shoemaker.    Res.  St  Michaels,  Md. 

Issua : 
I.  Mary  Louies  Wales,  b.  at  St  M!fh«ri%  Md, 

35  Nov.,  1848;  m.  Thomas  Jefferson  Buker. 
IL  John  Whxiam  Wales,  b.  at  St  Michaels,  Md., 
I  2  April,  1851;  m.  Ellen  Thompson. 

m.  AucB  Ann  Wales,  b.  in  Anne  Arundel  Co.,  Md., 

22  Jan.,  1859. 
IV.  George  B.  McLellan  Wales,  b.  at  Baltimore, 

Md.,  2  June,  1862;  m.  Ella  Burke. 
V.  AiCANDA  McCoRD  WALES,  b.  at  Baltimore,  Md., 
,  8  April,  1866;  m.  George  W*  West 

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393.  WILLIAM  HARRISON*  PANNING,  b.   1893, 
(/0*»\  Bliska\  David\  Janaikan*,  Eimmd\  Eimund^) 
m.  zat,  at  Alemidzia,  Va.,  or  Washingtan,  DX!., 

WUlimmer  Warren, 
dau.  of 

and  b.  at  Aknndzia,  Va*,  9  Oct,  zSap. 
She  d.  at  ,17  Ainril,  z86x. 

He  m.  ad,  at  Washington,  D.C., 

ICargnret  NichoUon, 
dan*  of 
and  b.  at 

WiDiam  Hanuon  Fanning,  son  of  John  and  Ann  (Har* 
xiaon)  Fannhig,  waa bora  at  Baltimore,  Md,  27  Juljr,  1823; 
waa  a  mcrcfaEant,  and  zcsided  at  Waahii^on,  D.C  .  He 
ntfaed  front  boiiimain  hia  \bmX  yean. 
He  d  z6  Dec,  1864. 

WAam  d  at  Waahii^on,  D.C^  zz  Aug.,  Z885.  Both 
bar.  in  the  family  i^anlt  in  Congreaaional  Cemetezy,  Wash- 
ington, D.C,  irith  hia  two  duldzcn. 

IssuM  by  wii§  WUlimmer  : 
769.    I.  WzuiAic*,  b.  at.Waahington,  D.C,  ;  d.  young 

probably.   . 
763.  zz.BYAni>*,b.atWaahti^on,D.C,  ;d.,a.z8or9o 

+764.  ZZL  rwABT,iai  Edwaid*,  b.  at  Waahington,  D.C,  97  Sept, 


Isstm  by  wi}§  Mmrgami  : 
765.  zv.  Wzxxiaic  Hasxoom*,  b.  at  Waahington,  D.C,  az  Apiil, 
z864.    Norecord.    Rebitivcaatateze8.atPittsbuzgor 
Pitt8ton,Penn.,at]aataccounta,and8appoeedunm.  . 

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